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StarkNet Airdrop Scam: Chinese Authorities Arrest Suspect for $91,000 Theft

Synopsis: In a major crackdown on cybercrime, Chinese authorities arrested Lan Mou, a suspect involved in a major identity theft case of $91,000 StarkNet Airdrop Scam.

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China in a recent crackdown on cyber criminals arrested a suspect in the case of StarkNet Airdrop Scam. The suspect, Lan Mou, is accused of a major identity theft case related to the StarkNet (STRK) airdrop amounting to $91,000. This news highlights the evolving landscape of cyber crimes targeting the cryptocurrency world when crypto payments are becoming the new normal in the digital age.

The StarkNet Airdrop was a highly anticipated event in the crypto world. The suspect Lan Mou, is accused of creating 40 fake identities using Early Community Member Program (ECMP) airdrop forms illegally acquiring 40,000 StarkNet (STRK) tokens from rightful recipients.

What is the StarkNet Airdrop Scam Setting?

StarkNet Foundation organized a large-scale promotional airdrop for the crypto community on February 20, 2024, to distribute 700 million STRK tokens. The foundation wanted to appease the Ethereum community, StarkNet developers and users, contributors outside the Web3 ecosystem, and solo and liquid stakers of STRK tokens.

The event was a phenomenal success, drawing significant attention, with the first 45 million STRK tokens being claimed within just 90 minutes of the promotional event.

The StarkNet Airdrop Scam was executed during this promotional event. The stolen STRK tokens were transferred to an OKX wallet and converted to Tether (USDT).

StarkNet Airdrop Scam Losses?

Analysts have given accurate numbers of STRK tokens being stolen. The suspect, Lan Mou, managed to lay claim to over 40,000 STRK tokens through fraudulent registrations. This is an astronomical number of tokens within the cryptocurrency ecosystem, making the StarkNet Scam, a high-stakes cybercrime.

This method exposes a major loophole in airdrop registration schemes that can be exploited by crypto scammers in the future.

StarkNet Airdrop Scam: Money Trail

The suspect, Lan Mou, is believed to have converted the STRK tokens to USDT, a stable coin pegged to the US dollar. This was done to prevent authorities from finding out the source of these stolen funds, and easily cash out the STRK tokens. The conversion of stolen STRK tokens to USDT is around $91,000. This amount can act as a red beacon for cyber criminals to attempt similar heists in the future.

The news despite being shocking should not deter new investors and crypto enthusiasts from the cryptocurrency world. There are always some rotten fish in any clean pond. These should be thrown out to protect the pond, as done by the Chinese authorities. Lan Mou’s was arrested on April 25 in Guangdong Province. Chinese authorities seized a computer and two mobile phones linked to the StarkNet Airdrop Scam operation.

The StarkNet Air Scam is not the first, and certainly, it won’t be the last. In another related incident from March 2023, airdrop hunters managed to consolidate $3.3 million worth of tokens from the Arbitrum (ARB) airdrop, channeling funds from 1,496 wallets.

This case shows there are still problems and cheaters in the world of DeFi (Decentralized Finance). It’s a reminder that we need to be careful and have stronger security to keep people’s money safe. The world of crypto is a tailspin ride with frequent ups and downs, be vigilant, be safe, and certainly do your research before investing.

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