$32 000 USD





"I[']m 41 [and a] single dad raising 2 amazing preteen girls. [I j]ust started in [bitcoin] earlier this year[. I] had put about 4 years worth of saving into the bitcoins. My goal was to put around 3.5 [BTC] on the [T]rezor and just hodl it for as long as [I] could. Last week [I] bought 1.66 [BTC] and figured that would be my last buy for awhile since [I] was close to the 3.5 [BTC that I] wanted."


"[I] had plans for the money down the road[ to h]elp buy [my daughters] a car when they turn 16 and help with their college. I think thats what bitcoin is all about[ -] collecting these bitcoins and hoping that in the future they will help out your family [and] give them a better life. Most of us wouldn[']t sell our [bitcoin] anytime soon as we know in 3 or 4 years [it] could be amazing."


"[I] bought my last bit[coin] at [$]8250 and at one point [on F]riday [the price] hit $10500[. I] was feeling great not knowing [that M]onday would be the worst day of my life."


"[G]rowing up in the midwest [I] trust people more than [I] should[.]" "[I] was working from home and thought between work deals [I'd] transfer my 3.5 bitcoin from [C]oinbase into my [T]rezor. While plugging my [T]rezor in[,] it didn[']t go in super smooth but [I] got it in[,] which [I] thought was wierd. So [I] [G]oogle[d] 'trezor' and[ c]licked on the first link for [T]rezor." "On the [G]oogle [C]hrome search this site was right above the real official [T]rezor site."


"[A]fter it says continue to your wallet the 24 word recovery seed box pops up. The link is wallet.trezcr.com/trezor-one.html." "In the website it looked just like [the T]rezor site but it came up with a message that said '[T]rezor damaged. Input 24 word seed.' I know [I] know [I] know. I was thinking the same thing 'nope not gonna do it'." "[I] totally knew better[.]" But [I] was rushing and said well [maybe] due to me having plug in issues. So as [you] can guess [I] put it in for some crazy reason[. I] wasn[']t thinking." "My mind was on work[.]"


"Worst decision of my life. Come to find out this was a phishing link that steals [bitcoin]." "[Yo]u can guess it[ -] they got 1.29 and 2.14 [BTC] from me." "[A]round 3.5 bitcoin stolen from my [T]rezor this week."


"[H]ow can people do that to someone else[?]" "[H]ow in the heck could someone live with themselves knowing they are ruining peoples lives[? It's c]razy the world we live in." "I[']m in a position with my job [where I] could wreck people pretty bad[ly] financially[, b]ut no way in heck would that even cross my mind. Not only did they steal from me but what [upsets me most] was that they stole from my daughters[.]"


"[W]hy does [G]oogle let a phishing [advertisement] be above the real [T]rezor link when you [G]oogle 'trezor'[?]" "[T]hat[']s messed up[. They] shouldn[']t allow that site at all[. A]ll it does is harm people[.]" "[T]rezor should do more to alert the public about the phishing hack[. I]t was hard to find[. I] think maybe [I found] 1 or 2 articles 6 months ago. That [information] should be on [Y]ahoo[, G]oogle[, and] all over the place."


"For the record this was 100% my fault[, s]o negative comments can be kept to yourself[. I'm] sure [I] have said them to myself." "I know [I've] brought this upon myself[. I] blame myself 100%." "[I] don[']t want anyone else to go through what [I']ve experienced in the last week." "Please don[']t fall for this please[. I]t will mess you up bad[ly]." "[D]on[']t be stupid and fall for it like me." "[I] used to watch and subscribe to bitcoin channels like 'the moon'[,] 'Sunny decree'[,] crypto zombie'[,] Chico crypto[,] and a couple others. [I l]oved watching the videos and learning but now [I've] unsubscribed for the time being[. It] kind of makes me sick thinking [about] how [I] screwed up[. I'm] sure it will get better but [it's a] tough pill to swallow now."


"I know people have been hacked for much more [bitcoin] so [I] do feel for you. [The c]razy thing is [that the] current walue would be around 32k. But it[']s more about what the value will be in 4 years." "[I] was in the market for a [19]93 [C]obra[,] but that may have to wait now. I[']m still going to invest in [bitcoin,] but take my time when transfering it[,] and no [I] will not use the corrupt [T]rezor[.]"


"I[']m working with [the] authorities and the exchange to see if there is any hope." "The detective assigned to my case hasn[']t been able to review it[. H]e was in training today. And [I] need the police report to send to the exchange to see if that leads me anywhere." "[I'm] not going to give [the detective's] name but he is pretty high up there[.]"


"Th[e th]ief used a [VPN] and b[o]ught monero with [the bitcoin]." "[The] police are worthless. They don[']t help at all. It sucks."

Reddit user abruceky reports that they fell victim to a Google Adwords phishing website and gave up the seed phrase for their wallet which contained 3.43 bitcoins. The phishing website showed up as the top result on a Google search for "Trezor". Once the funds were taken, the thief converted them to Monero using a centralized exchange, with an account set up via a VPN-based connection. The user reports that the police were not helpful and it would appear that no funds were recovered.


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