Cryptocurrency NewsUK National Crime Agency Ramps Up Efforts to Combat Rising Crypto Crimes

UK National Crime Agency Ramps Up Efforts to Combat Rising Crypto Crimes

Addressing the surge in crypto-related crimes, the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA) is actively seeking to hire Digital Assets Cryptocurrency Financial Investigations Managers. These specialized investigators will play a crucial role in combatting crypto crimes and protecting residents from falling victim to various schemes involving cryptocurrencies.

The NCA’s Investigations Directorate takes an intelligence-led approach, targeting criminal activities that extend beyond the jurisdiction of other law enforcement agencies. Their primary focus is on safeguarding the public and ensuring national security by tackling serious and organized crimes.

Working in close collaboration with the broader law enforcement community, the appointed investigators will be responsible for dismantling organized crypto crime groups that exploit unsuspecting investors.

The crypto crime rate in the UK witnessed a significant increase of 32% from 2021, as reported by law enforcement agencies in November 2022. Real-life instances, like a UK couple falling victim to a scam, resulting in a £45,000 debt, highlight the severity of the issue. Criminals often impersonate respected financial figures to lend legitimacy to their deceitful activities.

To combat fraudulent practices in the crypto space, the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) introduced new rules in June 2023. These regulations require crypto companies to include risk warnings in their advertisements and offer a “cooling off” period for new investors. The aim is to bolster consumer protection in the crypto market and ensure that potential investors are well-informed about the risks associated with investing in cryptocurrencies.


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