What’s Pig-Butchering Crypto Scam?


A Chinese crypto scam is now victimizing Singaporean investors. This malicious blockchain campaign is called the “Pig-Butchering” crypto scam. 

Chinese Crypto Scam Targets Singaporean Investors! Here's Why It's Called 'Pig-Butchering' Scheme

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Right now, Singapore has already lost around $140 million (SGD 190.0 million). This is five times more compared to the crypto revenue loss of the Asian country back in 2019, which is only around $27 million (SGD 36 million). 

This rising cryptocurrency can hurt your digital currency wallet if you fall into one of its victims. 

Now, here’s why it is called the Pig-Butchering crypto scheme. 

Chinese Crypto Scam Targets Singaporeans

According to Business Standard‘s latest report, the Pig-Butchering crypto scam is quite tricky.

Chinese Crypto Scam Targets Singaporean Investors! Here's Why It's Called 'Pig-Butchering' Scheme

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Hackers behind this malicious campaign against cryptocurrency consumers based the scam technique’s name on the Chinese term “sha zhu pan.” 

This term means “to fatten a pig before killing it.” On the other hand, security experts’ explanation matches the Chinese term. 

They said that the Pig-Butchering crypto scammers would spend months creating a strong relationship with their Singaporean targets. After that, they will urge them to send their digital currencies in fake investment schemes.  

Pig-Butchering Crypto Scam’s Other Details 

The Pig-Butchering crypto scam first appeared in China back in 2016. After that, the method was then used by other blockchain attackers in other countries, including Singapore. 

Singaporean victims said that their cryptocurrencies ended up in the banks of China, as well as those in Hong Kong. If this is true, then that means the majority of the scammers are based in China. 

Since the Pig-Butchering scam is becoming more serious than ever, it is important to know how you can protect yourself. 

PC Mag provided some tips that you can rely on to avoid getting scammed by malicious actors targeting digital currencies. 

These include securing your crypto wallet, using multi-factor authentication security features, and always double-checking links. 

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