The Guardia Civil, 16 Latin American countries and the European Union, together with FIIAPP and EL PAcCTO, present a campaign to raise awareness of this crime
Cryptocurrency scams have increased in recent years and it is estimated that 9% of the population of Spain already uses or owns them. This expansion does not escape the tentacles of criminal organizations in a cyberspace where there are no borders.
From this situation arises “FakeCoins: scams with cryptocurrencies”, an international cooperation initiative managed by the FIIAPP together with the Guardia Civil, which in turn joins forces with police and some prosecutors’ offices of sixteen Latin American countries. The campaign is part of the European Union’s EL PAcCTO program, a project to combat organized crime, and the CibEL@ network.
The main objective is to alert about the criminal use of cryptocurrencies and to shed light on a booming digital medium, still largely unknown to the general population, which can be used by transnational criminal networks to carry out large-scale scams and frauds.
The director general of the Guardia Civil, María Gámez, stressed that, together with the rest of the police forces in Latin America and the European Union, they are aware of the need to act jointly when a common threat is detected.
For her part, the secretary general of the FIIAPP, Inmaculada Zamora, stressed that “to fight against cybercrimes such as those carried out with cryptocurrencies, it is crucial to work as a network. At FIIAPP we are proud to contribute to weaving these networks that ensure that the public talent of the institutions is shared and empowered.”
This scenario incorporates for the first time a gender approach that will facilitate executing preventive actions or operations that protect women from cybercrime.