Alleged emails of the son of “Chapo” Guzmán circulate in Mexico demanding bitcoins.
In Mexico, some residents have received emails that require payments in bitcoins in the name of Ovidio Guzmán, the son of “Chapo”, a famous drug cartel boss in the country. The messages are intended to bribe the Sinaloans with the promise that violence in the state will cease.
The Ministry of Public Security of Sinaloa (SSP) alerted citizens to these types of messages, stating that they are fraud. The creators of the email extort money from the victims demanding a transfer in bitcoins in exchange for allegedly avoiding further clashes between the police and drug trafficking gangs.
Culiacán became a war zone on October 17, after the government planned the arrest of Ovidio Guzmán López. This is the son of “Chapo” Guzmán, the historical leader of the Sinaloa cartel. Thousands of defenseless citizens witnessed how drug traffickers retained soldiers and threatened entire families, while a large group of prisoners escaped from the local prison.
The authorities decided to let Ovid Guzman escape to appease the situation in the city of Culiacán. However, today on social networks there are still fake videos and extortion messages related to this event, which seek to terrorize the population. Among them, this email stands out in the name of the son of “Chapo”, who demands payments in cryptocurrencies.
The Secretary of Public Security recommends that users ignore these emails and not make any payments. The creators of the message are not linked to Ovidio Guzmán López, the authorities point out, but rather it is an extortion group that is taking advantage of the most recent events to make money. Because of this, the population is warned to share and attend only official information published by state agencies.
Do the posters use bitcoin?
Although it is not possible to verify that the “Chapo” Guzmán has a predilection for bitcoins, if there have been reports of cases where drug traffickers have used Bitcoin to launder money. For example, last year an international drug trafficking network that washes money with cryptocurrencies in Colombia and Panama was dismantled.
The operation was carried out by the Spanish Civil Guard and the United States Department of Homeland Security, being called the “White Tulip” operation. The Brazilian police also seized this year a mining farm that operated in Rio Grande do Sul, related to drug trafficking in the region.
After the Silk Road case, a platform operating in the Deep weeb linked to the sale of drugs in exchange for cryptocurrencies, Bitcoin gained a bad name. For example, the DEA included this cryptocurrency as one of the methods to launder drug money. The Banking Association of Colombia also related the ecosystem with these criminal activities recently. In this sense, it is not strange that the Sinaloans have thought that these extortion messages were real.
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