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DMX, electrifying rapper who defined 2000s rap, dies at 50

Earl Simmons, better known as DMX

DMX, the prolific rapper and actor who rose to fame in the late 1990s and 2000s, has died nearly a week after suffering a heart attack, his family said in a statement Friday. He was 50 years old.

The rapper, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was hospitalized in White Plains, New York, after suffering the heart attack on April 2. He spent roughly a week on life support and was facing what his family called “serious health issues.”

“Earl was a warrior who fought till the very end. He loved his family with all of his heart and we cherish the times we spent with him,” his family said. “Earl’s music inspired countless fans across the world and his iconic legacy will live on forever. We appreciate all of the love and support during this incredibly difficult time.”

Known for his electrifying hits, aggressive rhymes and growling voice, DMX defined the 2000s era of hip-hop, becoming the first artist to debut an album at No. 1 five times in a row on the Billboard charts. He also became a welcome face on screen, becoming an actor with roles in the cult classic “Belly” in 1998, “Romeo Must Die” in 2000 and “Exit Wounds” in 2001.

Fellow musicians and celebrities responded to news of DMX’s hospitalization with public displays of support and condolences to his family, including Missy Elliot, Ja Rule, Rick Ross, Sisqo, LL Cool J and Chance The Rapper. And his fans hoped to lift him up outside the hospital where he was admitted. Dozens attended a prayer vigil, playing the rapper’s greatest hits, chanting his name and sharing their love for his work.

The rapper was born on December 18, 1970, in Mount Vernon, New York, and eventually moved to the city of Yonkers. He often spoke of growing up in an abusive household and turning to music as an outlet. In his 2003 autobiography, he wrote about his family’s struggles, calling his childhood “rough.” He said he was hit by a car at a young age and abused by his family, which led him to act out at home and at school.

After gaining a reputation for being “crazy,” DMX taught himself how to beatbox and created a new name and identity for himself while struggling with addiction. But before he could perform as a DJ, he needed a name. Help came in the form of one of the greatest drum audio machines at the time.

“DMX was the name of one of the best early drum machines a lot of the kids were using and since I felt I was nice with the beats, I took that. It was strong, powerful,” he wrote. “I liked the three letters and thought that it would be cool to make them stand for different things. So when I went back to Children’s Village after my home visit, I was no longer Earl Simmons or even Crazy Earl. I was DMX. DMX The Beat Box Enforcer.”

X’s music was often an honest reflection of his personal struggles, containing themes of religion, violence and redemption. In 1998, he released his debut album, “It’s Dark and Hell Is Hot,” which debuted at No. 1 on the music charts. He’s often credited with reinvigorating the New York rap scene, and over the course of his career, he released a total of seven albums and was nominated for three Grammy Awards.

In a 2019 interview, he spoke about his love of performing on stage in front of his fans. “Performing in front of people is beyond a high. It’s beyond a high that any drug could duplicate,” he told GQ at the time. “Just being onstage, period, and knowing that there’s so much love out there.”

Queen Elizabeth’s Husband Prince Philip, Dies At 99

Prince Philip

Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh and husband of reigning British monarch Queen Elizabeth II, has died at the age of 99. Buckingham Palace confirmed his death on April 9.

“It is with deep sorrow that Her Majesty The Queen has announced the death of her beloved husband, His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. His Royal Highness passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle,” the statement read. The Duke was married to the Queen for over 70 years, and was the longest-serving consort in British history.

Prince Philip was admitted to hospital on February 16, after feeling unwell, but was released a month later, having undergone a successful procedure for a pre-existing heart condition.

The son of Prince Andrew of Greece and Denmark and Princess Alice, Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu in 1921, but primarily raised in Britain.

He renounced his right to the Greek and Danish thrones in 1947 and took his mother’s surname, Mountbatten. Philip married Elizabeth Windsor, a distant cousin, later that year – five years before her ascension to the British throne in 1952.

He became father to Prince Charles and grandfather to Prince Harry and Prince William. He was also father to Princess Anne and Princes Andrew and Edward.

The young Philip had a turbulent early life. His parents separated while the Duke was still a boy, and Princess Alice was diagnosed with schizophrenia and committed to an asylum in the late 1920s. As a child, Philip moved from Greece to France, to Britain, and then to Germany for his education, returning to the UK in the mid-1930s amid the rise of Nazism in Germany.

His biographers describe his time in Britain as calm, though tragedy struck the young royal in 1937 when his sister, Cecile, and her German husband, along with their family, were killed in a plane crash at Ostend.

A colorful character, Prince Philip’s forthright manner, political incorrectness, conservative political views and frequent public gaffes came to be a source of considerable embarrassment for the monarchy.

Among his many blunders, Philip once asked British expats in Dubai if they were “running away from something” and told the President of Nigeria, who was wearing national traditional dress, that he looked like he was “ready for bed.” In 1998, he told a cash-strapped student to consider living in a hostel to “save cash.”

“If you stay here much longer, you’ll go home with slitty eyes,” he told a British student studying in China in 1986. He also referred to places as near and far as Stoke-on-Trent and Beijing as “ghastly.”

He was also known for some self-deprecating humor, remarking on his marriage in 1999 that the Queen “has the quality of tolerance in abundance.”

Philip retired from public engagements in 2017 after seven decades of service. Before Queen Elizabeth’s coronation the Duke served with the Royal Navy from January 1940 to the end of World War II.

In addition to his royal duties, he also served in the role of president of the World Wildlife Fund between 1981 and 1996, as well as engaging in other philanthropic endeavors.

The Duke was involved in a road accident in early 2019 when he collided with another car and his Land Rover flipped over. He had been suffering ill health in recent years and was admitted to hospital multiple times, including for a hip operation in 2018 and an infection in 2017, and most recently for treatment of a “pre-existing condition” in 2019.

As the Duke aged, the British tabloid press often speculated about his deteriorating health. They reported in 2011 that he had given up his hobby of shooting after receiving a stent in his heart, and as the coronavirus pandemic spread in 2020, they reported on his isolation in Windsor Castle, watchful for any signs of ill health.

However, both Philip and the Queen received their vaccinations against the virus in January.

BREAKING: Dangote Petitions Trade Ministry To Shut BUA Sugar Refinery Down

A major war has been raging in the Nigeria sugar industry for some time now and the bubbles seemed to have burst with Dangote’s decision to petition the Federal Government asking the Ministry of Trade to shut down BUA Group’s Sugar Refinery located in Port Harcourt.

In the letter dated 28th January 2021 signed by Aliko Dangote himself as the Chairman Dangote Industries Limited, the billionaire claimed that when the BUA Sugar refinery was opened, he warned the Government and they told him that no new refinery would be allowed to operate in Nigeria’. Dangote accused BUA of operating with impunity by contravening the laws as laid down in the National sugar policy by selling its products locally instead of producing for export alone.

BUA in its own defense sent to the Honourable Minister of Trade however clarified issues by stating that the law allows it to sell inside Nigeria. Attaching the enabling permits and approval BUA stated that because of the connivance of the two major sugar manufacturers to hike the price of Sugar during the Ramadan period, the law allows it to sell locally.

BUA also warned that the DANGOTE group and the other major player have not been involved in any backward integration project, rather they depend on 80% raw sugar allocation which is detrimental to the Nigerian economy in long-term analysis. BUA on the other hand has been involved in a backward integration project with BUA’s Lafiagi Sugar BIP set to be completed in 2022.

Over a 250million dollars is believed to have been spent on the export-focused BUA sugar refinery already and it is also employing over 1,000 Nigerians.

Meanwhile, BUA also noted that at the center of this fight to force FG to close the BUA Sugar refinery down is the price war.

Last year, before Ramadan, sugar sold for around 18,000 Naira per bag. But as Ramadan fasting started the price jumped to 30,000 per bag. The people had no choice but to buy it because they needed a lot of it during the period. So the manufacturers were smiling at the bank. BUA group noticed the trend and decided that it had to change. There was no reason to increase the price during Ramadan simply because the demand is high.

Usually, the increase happens about one month to commencement of fasting

When the other manufacturers got across to BUA, Samad Rabiu refused. They put pressure on him, saying it was the right time to make good money but he put his feet down.

After failing to do that, they petitioned the Federal Government that he was breaking the law by selling sugar locally instead of for export.

A source however claimed that already, BUA group has dragged the Trade Minister to court to ensure that the operations of the sugar refinery are not tampered with all because of the desperate attempt by Dangote Group to monopolize the sugar trade in Nigeria.

Airline firms encouraging passengers to fly without IDs could lead to serious security issues in Nigeria–Patrick Eholor

NSA Babagana Monguno, Min of Aviation Hadi Sirika and Eholor

Frontline civil society activist, Comrade Patrick Eholor has expressed worry over the illegal hoarding and hiking of airline tickets by airport and airlines staff.

Eholor, who said the development was very dangerous and could jeopardize the security of travelers and even that of the country, said the ticketing offices at airports sell off tickets to themselves with fictitious names, only to resell them at extortionary rates to passengers without verified identities.

Eholor who narrated his own experience while traveling from Abuja to Benin, said terrorists could take advantage of the development to hijack aircrafts and even engage in suicide bombings with planes loaded with passengers.

He therefore called on the National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, as well as the Minister of Aviation, Hadi Sirika to as a matter of urgency, address the problem before it endangers the lives of travelers.

His words: “I was supposed to return to Benin with a one way ticket, as I was coming to Benin from Abuja this morning. When I called, a ticket that’s supposed to be sold for N35,000 have been hiked to N140,000 and N200,000 respectively.

“What they are doing is to compile fictitious names and use them to buy off all the tickets. After buying them, it becomes scarce, and when you come in, they will tell you there is no ticket available.

“This development has been ongoing in the Nigerian airlines industry, and everyone is keeping mute, but for the sake of the international community and people in diaspora, we have a lot banditry, armed robbery, Boko Haram and insurgency.

“If the criminal elements take up this development, Nigeria is finished. This is because people are buying tickets with anonymous names and traveling with them. The airline authorities don’t check IDs anymore. People are checking in with lighters, people are checking in with firearms, and the airport authorities don’t care. What they care about is the money. They don’t know who is flying in their planes. We won’t want what happened in 9/11 to happen in Nigeria, God forbid.

“Our national security system have been infiltrated by bandits, Fulani herdsmen and other criminals.

“I am crying out once again, I don’t want to be the Nostradamus of our time. So the national security adviser need to wake up and check what’s happening on our airlines and ensure there is safety of passengers against possible hijack or bombing.

“They must investigate and find out those who are boarding our aircrafts without IDs, and those who are selling tickets to them without finding out who they are or what their identities are, for the sake of money.

“Passengers must carry verifiable identities like the national ID card or international passports. Enough is enough.

“What they are doing is very dangerous, and I am calling out that something must be done about it on time. If we do not value our own lives, we should just be aware that there are Americans flying our planes locally, there are also Europeans traveling in Nigeria.

“Our National Security Adviser must be aware of this, the FBI must be aware of this, the CIA must be aware of this, the military and police intelligence must be aware of this, and this development must be terminated now.

“I am a frequent flyer, our security operatives at the airports are so porous, and this need to be checked now”,he warned.

Paris Club Debt: Outrage as Group faults planned payment of $350 million by FG to consultants

By Lucas Destiny

The move by the federal government to pay the consultants, who work for the states to reclaim the refund from the Paris Club loan, has drawn the anger of the South South Buhari Anti-corruption Group.

The group recalled that the previous governments of Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan didn’t pay because of the huge amount involved and also because the whole process was not clear enough.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s government had ordered for the payment of $350 million standing in favour of consultants, who worked for states to reclaim the sum of $2,689,279,365 as final payment arising from the refund of Paris Club loans.

The South South Buhari Anti-corruption Group, has, however frowned at this move by the federal government, questioning the rationale behind the payment of such huge amount.

The anti-corruption group, in a statement by its President, Imafidon Peter Odion, expressed that the move is suspicious, pointing out that the rush to pay the consultants should be investigated.

The group said that for the previous governments not to have paid means that there are things that are not right in the whole process.

The anti-corruption group said: “For this government to expressly put modalities in place to pay the consultants, which the previous governments didn’t pay shows that there are things some persons are hiding from the public.

“The anti-corruption agencies should beam their lights on the payment of this money to the consultants. They should ensure that this nation is not defrauded by few gullible persons.

“The speed at which things are been put together to expressly pay this money is suspicious and it should be investigated so that few shouldn’t benefit at the expense of the nation.”

HAPPENING NOW: Eze Aro, the king of Arochukwu kingdom returns to his ancestors +PHOTOS

The king of Arochukwu ancient kingdom in Abia State, Mazi Vincent Ogbonnaya Okoro (Eze Aro) will join his ancestors fully today, April 5, 2021.

The climax of programmes marking the #EzeAroRoyalExit is also currently taking place at Eze Aro Palace, and Arochukwu Civic Centre, both in Oror, Arochukwu.

Sons and daughters of the kingdom, at home and abroad are fully on ground to accord the Eze full honour as he journeys to the land of our ancestors.

Jungle Journalist Media Ltd is fully on ground and brings you photos from the royal burial ceremony.

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Eze Aro-History of a Great African King, Mazi Vincent Ogbonnaya Okoro

This is a biography of His Majesty, Mazi Vincent Ogbonnaya Okoro, CFR, Eze Aro, 1995 – 2020.

Mazi Vincent Ogbonnaya Okoro was born on Monday, March 6, 1932 into the family of Mazi Okoro Asi Eko of Arochukwu ruling house. At an early age of 6 years, he was enrolled at the Jubilee School, founded, by an educationist and nationalist, Mazi T. K. Utchay and later transferred to Aggrey Primary School, both schools in Arochukwu.

He was set to move again. His maternal uncle, F. C. Okoronkwo, a young graduate of Fourah Bay College, Sierra Leone was appointed to nurture a new institution, Olu-Iwa College, Ijebu Ode. He sent for young Vin, as he was fondly called, and his younger brother, Nelson, for them to join him and continue their education. After his primary school education, he proceeded to Ibadan Boys’ High School for his secondary education. Young Vin excelled, not only in academic work but also in sports. He was a member of Ibadan Boys’ First Eleven and very popular among the secondary schools around because of his exploits in soccer. He mixed up very well at school and this partly accounted for his impeccable knowledge of the Yoruba language, and customs. He often looked back to those early days in Yorubaland with nostalgia. After his secondary education, he started his early working career at the Faculty of Agriculture, University College, Ibadan as a laboratory technician. Perhaps, his experience there informed his future vocation.

Like many young ambitious men of his generation, he took private tuition to qualify for admission into British tertiary institutions. In 1960, he left for the United Kingdom for the opportunities available for the fulfilment of his vast potentials. Luckily, there was a number of Aro people who had encouraged him to join them, and they made him feel at home in an entirely new environment. While in the UK, he faced his studies with great determination and focus. In the end, he gave a good account of himself. Among the awards, certificates and fellowships he earned or conferred on him included:

1. Advanced Certificate in Microbiological Techniques of City and Guilds, London.

2. Advanced Certificate in Laboratory Administration of City and Guilds, London.

3. Fellow, Institute of Science Technology London (FIST).

4. Associate Diploma, Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology, London.

5. Associate, Institute of Medical Laboratory, Sciences of Nigeria.

6. Member, Royal Society of Health of England.

7. Member, Birth Society for General Microbiology.

8. Commander of the Federal Republic (CFR) in November 2000.

9. Certificate of U. S. Congressional recognition.

10. West African Merit Award.

11. Millennium Award of Excellence.

12. Certificate of Recognition by the Mayor of District of Columbia, U. S.

13. Certificate of Recognition by the U.S. Director of African Affairs.

14. Certificate of Recognition by the Governor of the State of Maryland, U.S.

15. Certificate of Recognition by the County Executive of Prince George’s County, U.S.

He also had a number of scientific papers published in learned journals. The late Eze Aro was also a man of letters, quite often discussing history and literature.

Having achieved so many laurels in his chosen field, he came back home just before the civil war and participated in the War Effort of his kinsmen and women. He joined Enugu General Hospital which later became Enugu Specialist Hospital. With the introduction of the Faculty of Medicine at The University of Nigeria, the Specialist Hospital became the University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital. The future Eze Aro was made the pioneer Head of its Laboratory Dept. Eventually, he transferred his services to the Microbiology Dept. of the College of Medicine, working under the famous Professor of Microbiology, Prof Njoku Obi.

With the death of a previous Eze Aro in 1987, he was presented to the Aro Kingdom as their new Eze in 1988. After a period of interregnum, he was crowned as the new Eze Aro on May 31, 1995. Being a man of peace and humility, much of the period of his reign witnessed peace and harmony, progress and tremendous physical infrastructure. One of the first actions he took on ascension to the throne, was to create an Advisory Council under the chairmanship of Late Engr. Mathias Okoro. The members were drawn from leading citizens in the homeland and in diaspora and the Council met regularly to consider burning issues and offer necessary advice. He reconstituted Okpankpo Aro, the highest traditional governmental institution in Aro. On two occasions during his reign, Nzuko Aro advised His Majesty on the ways to strengthen the Okpankpo institution. Being the listening Eze that he was, he took immediate steps to implement the advice, consistent with the changing times. From time to time, he set up ad hoc committees to look into complaints that could hinder the smooth running of the kingdom. When Nzuko Aro inaugurated All Aro National Conference in 1996 to help cater for the interest of all Aro people wherever they may be, Eze Aro was a leading apostle. He attended the conference held in Aro in 1996, Aro Ndizuogu in 2000, Ajalli in 2005 and Owerri in 2011.

One of the achievements of his reign is the public marking of the Anglo-Aro War. In the first meeting of the Advisory Council in 1996, a leading member, Professor Chukwuemeka Ike, who later became His Majesty, Eze Ndikelionwu in Orumba North LGA suggested that the Kingdom ought to commemorate the centenary of The British invasion of Arochukwu in 1901 – 1902. On March 7, 1998, Eze Aro inaugurated the Planning and Implementation Commission which was later changed to Aro 2002 Commission to plan and organise the commemoration of the Anglo-Aro War. Engr Matt Okoro, Chairman of the Advisory Council was also made the Chairman of the Commission and Professor Chukwuemeka Ike was appointed Chairman, Planning and Implementation Committee, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, Chairman, Finance and Fund Raising Committee while Mazi Godwin Udoh served as the Secretary. Other leading Aro people, at home and diaspora, including Professors Okoro Ijoma, Oji Umozurike and O. C. Nwana as well as Dr Chukwuma Obioha and Mazi Kanu Ivi, among others, served in the commission. To carry the Aro people along, he undertook a tour of the Aro diaspora communities to sensitise them. He also undertook a tour of parts of the US, accompanied by some members of the commission, and was warmly hosted by the Aro sons and daughters there. Under his inspiration and encouragement, this great event took place between December 26, 2001 and January 6, 2002, with resounding success. An important book on Aro, one of the enduring landmarks, is the book, The Aro Kingdom and its Contributions to Civilization.

The Ohafia/Aro road was in a terrible state of disrepair during his period but he continued to press on the state and federal governments to fix the road. Some serious efforts were being made to rehabilitate the road before his demise. The Aro Civic Centre, an imposing edifice, was completed during his reign. He travelled to the important cities in Nigeria to encourage Aro sons and daughters to be involved in community development efforts.

As the Chairman of Arochukwu Council of Traditional Rulers and permanent member of Abia State Council of Traditional Rulers, he brought to bear on them his vast experience and peaceful disposition. At a personal level, Eze Aro was warm, polite, generous, and humane and of simple tastes. He was married to a pretty and accomplished school teacher, and the marriage is blessed with children, all university graduates. His is a true example of royalty without airs and boring trappings; a fulfilled, greatly endowed and an achieved Eze. His people all over will dearly miss him.

Nike sues company that made  ‘Satan Shoes’ with human blood

Nike is suing Brooklyn art collective MSCHF over a controversial pair of “Satan Shoes” that contain a drop of real human blood in the soles.

The $1,018 (£740) trainers, which feature an inverted cross, a pentagram, and the words “Luke 10:18”, were made using modified Nike Air Max 97s.

MSCHF released 666 pairs of the shoes on Monday in collaboration with rapper Lil Nas X and says they sold out in less than a minute.

Nike claims trademark infringement.

The black and red shoes were “dropped” by MSCHF on Monday, coinciding with the launch of Lil Nas X’s latest song Montero (Call Me By Your Name), which debuted on YouTube last Friday.

In the music video, the rapper is seen sliding down a stripper pole from heaven to hell, wearing a pair of the trainers.

The imagery and the shoes reference the Bible verse Luke 10:18 – “So He told them, ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’.”

Each shoe features a signature Nike air bubble cushioning sole, containing 60 cubic centimetres (2.03 fluid ounces) of red ink and a single drop of human blood, donated by members of the art collective.

The sports shoe giant says in a filing with the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York that it does not approve or authorise the customised Satan Shoes.

Lil Nas X and MSCHF’s Satan Shoes sold out in less than a minute on MondayLil Nas X and MSCHF’s Satan Shoes sold out in less than a minute on Monday.

Nike is asking the court to stop MSCHF from selling the shoes and prevent them from using its famous Swoosh design mark.

“MSCHF and its unauthorised Satan Shoes are likely to cause confusion and dilution and create an erroneous association between MSCHF’s products and Nike,” the sports shoe giant says in the lawsuit.

“In fact, there is already evidence of significant confusion and dilution occurring in the marketplace, including calls to boycott Nike in response to the launch of MSCHF’s Satan Shoes, based on the mistaken belief that Nike has authorised or approved this product.”

The lawsuit cites a tweet by popular shoe influencer @Saint from last Friday, which teased the upcoming release of the shoes and drummed up publicity over the weekend on social media and in the media in the US.

Some Conservatives, including South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem, and some religious followers, took offence at the controversial design of the shoes and criticised Lil Nas X and MSCHF on Twitter.

Crypto Whale Predicts New Bitcoin All-Time High in April

Crypto analyst Michaël van de Poppe is charting Bitcoin’s short-term trajectory, as the flagship currency bounces back after a dive to the low $50,000 range this week.

In a new video, the analyst who nailed the timing of Bitcoin’s March pullback predicts that BTC’s current rally will likely stop at the $58,500 level.

“What is critical right now based on the daily timeframe is this entire region here, so anything above [$58,500] is going to bring markets to new all-time highs.

Is that expected? I’m not expecting it at this stage in which I’m assuming that we’re going to have a range bound construction.”

On the lower timeframe, Van de Poppe notes that Bitcoin is facing clear resistance at $56,200 and is attempting to find support at $54,100.

The trader warns that if the $54,000 range fails to act as support for BTC, the king coin will likely retest the $50,000 level over the course of the next week and may even move down towards $48,500 temporarily.

If the flagship cryptocurrency does bottom out towards the low $50,000 range, it will likely make room for a longer altseason.

“At least the altseason is going to last way longer or continue if Bitcoin is bottomed out.”

As for Ethereum, the analyst’s chart shows the second largest crypto asset ranging until mid-April when it will again continue its climb toward new highs.

The critical level for ETH to hold is $1,660 and if that fails, $1,500, says Van de Poppe. If Ethereum breaks out earlier than the trader expects, it will have to surge above the $1,750 level to retest its all-time high of $2,042.

Fake Bitcoin Sellers Steal Close to $500K From Victims     

Two suspects have been accused of stealing almost $500,000 from unsuspecting victims in fraudulent bitcoin transactions in Hong Kong.

According to a report by the South China Morning Post on Tuesday (Mar. 23, 2021), the victims, aged 33 and 31, were deceived by two con artists in a fake bitcoin transaction. The cons who posed as bitcoin sellers managed to steal HK$3.85 million ($495,650) from the victims.

The victims, who work at a money exchange company, went to a shop in Tin Hau to purchase bitcoin with the cash. Meanwhile, a middleman whose identity was not revealed connected the buyers to the fake bitcoin sellers.

After handing over the cash to the fraudsters, one of the con artists left the shop with the funds, pretending to carry out some paperwork regarding the transaction. A police source who spoke about the mode of operation said:

“The money was counted in the shop, before one of the two ‘sellers’ left the shop with the money to carry out some document procedure.”

However, the buyers began to suspect foul play when the absent seller didn’t return after a long time. While the buyers tried to find the seller with the money, the remaining fraudster attempted to flee when the victims threatened to report the matter to the police.

After a brief chase, the fake bitcoin seller was caught and handed over to law enforcement. Although the suspect is in police custody undergoing interrogation, his colleague who disappeared with the money remains at large.

Bitcoin Scammers in the Prowl
With bitcoin gaining more popularity and growing in value, scammers looking for ways to swindle unsuspecting victims. In Hong Kong alone, there have been different reports of people who fell victims to fraudsters.

As previously reported by CryptoPotato in January 2021, a gang of robbers stole close to $450,000 from a woman in Hong Kong at knifepoint. Earlier in the same month, a man fell victim to thieves who stole HK$3 million from him after being deceived to sell his bitcoins.

Apart from robbery operations happening in Hong Kong, fraudsters employ other methods. Scammers back in January were selling the COVID-19 vaccine on the dark web, requesting buyers to pay as high as $1,000 in BTC for a single dose.