A teacher lost £9,000 that she had hoped to use as a house deposit after falling victim to a scam that promised would ‘double her investment’.
Julie Bushnell, from Farnborough in Hampshire, lost thousands of pounds after visiting a fake News website that said the billionaire was having a Bitcoin ‘giveaway’.
The website, forex robot tfot download yahoo which is made to look like BBC News and is still active, advertised that Mr Musk had bought $1.5billion worth of Bitcoin and was doubling people’s cryptocurrency investments.
There is no suggestion Mr Musk was involved in the scam.
An active trader herself, the Brighton teacher and mother thought to take advantage of the eccentric Tesla CEO’s generosity, but quickly realised she had been a victim of fraud.
Con artists were able to swindle £9,000 out of Ms Bushnell, who has revealed the lasting effects the scam has had on her.
Speaking publicly for the first time since the incident, she said she was ‘ashamed and embarrassed’, suffered panic attacks and was constantly ‘crying and shaking’.
The news comes as cryptocurrency trading experts revealed blockchain ‘giveaway scams’ have skyrocketed in 2021, costing victims more than £13million globally.
Science teacher Julie Bushnell (pictured) lost £9,000 that she had saved robot forex for marketiva a house deposit when scammers tricked her into believing Elon Musk was conducting a Bitcoin giveaway
Ms Bushnell is an active cryptocurrency trader herself, and was lured in by a fake website that looked similar to BBC News
Ms Bushnell, who invests in cryptocurrency herself, was lured in by the website that looked similar to BBC News – which claimed Mr Musk, chief of electric car firm Tesla, would double Bitcoin deposits.
She handed over £9,000, which she had intended to use for a house deposit, but soon realised something was amiss when she did not receive anything in return.
The teacher frantically scurried to suspend her Lloyds account and any pending transactions, but it was already too late.
She was left ‘crying and shaking’ and spent hours combing the web to see if there was a way she could reclaim her money.
The science teacher insists she still thinks about her actions ‘every day’ and wants to raise awareness to ensure others don’t fall victim to similar scams.
The fake website (shown above) which used branding similar to BBC News, advertised a Bitcoin giveaway by Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
The website is still active
After being conned by the fraudsters, Ms Bushnell decided to go public with her story
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Real time blockchain trading analysis website Whale Alert estimated Bitcoin scams had stung more than 10,500 victims over the course of gps forex robot 2020 dodge.
The cryptocurrency experts behind Whale Alert also warned that scammers ‘are becoming more professional and dangerous’.
In the first few months of 2021 alone, con artists have claimed more than £13million from 5,600 victims in cryptocurrency giveaway fraud.
Ms Bushell has reported her crime to Sussex Police, who have been contacted to provide comment.
She told the