2023 BIG Cryptocurrency Investigator’s Handbook

2023 BIG Cryptocurrency Investigator’s Handbook

A Complete Cryptocurrency Tracing Guide For Law Enforcement

Law Enforcement Support – A SCARS Guide

A Complete Guide To Help Law Enforcement Investigate & Trace Cryptocurrency

Provided by Blockchain Intelligence Group, presented by SCARS with permission

What Gives Cryptocurrency Value?

Cryptocurrencies gain value through a combination of factors, including their utility, scarcity, and market demand.

Utility: Cryptocurrencies have value because they can be used to facilitate transactions and store value. For example, Bitcoin can be used to purchase goods and services, and it can also be used to send money across borders quickly and at a lower cost than traditional methods. Other cryptocurrencies have unique features that make them useful in different ways, such as privacy-focused coins that enable anonymous transactions.

Scarcity: Many cryptocurrencies have a limited supply, which gives them value similar to precious metals like gold. For example, Bitcoin has a hard cap of 21 million coins, and as more people adopt it, the supply becomes more scarce. This scarcity makes it more valuable, as people are willing to pay more to acquire it.

Market Demand: The value of cryptocurrencies is ultimately determined by market demand. As more people adopt a particular cryptocurrency and use it for transactions or as a store of value, its price can increase. Conversely, if people lose faith in a cryptocurrency or a negative event occurs, such as a hack or regulatory crackdown, its value can decrease.

Overall, the value of cryptocurrencies is complex and multifaceted, and it is influenced by a range of factors. However, their utility, scarcity, and market demand are among the key factors that contribute to their value.

Is Blockchain (Cryptocurrency) Untraceable?

No, blockchain is not completely untraceable. While blockchain technology provides a high degree of security and transparency, it does not offer complete anonymity.

Every transaction that occurs on a blockchain is recorded on a public ledger, and this information is stored on thousands of computers around the world. While the identity of the user behind a transaction is not explicitly recorded, there are other ways that the person’s identity can be determined. For example, if someone uses a cryptocurrency exchange to buy or sell cryptocurrencies, they must typically provide personal information such as their name, address, and email address. This information can be used to link a person to a specific transaction on the blockchain.

Moreover, while cryptocurrencies are not inherently linked to personal identities, it is possible to trace the movement of funds on a blockchain by analyzing transaction patterns and using other techniques such as blockchain forensics.

Therefore, while blockchain technology can provide a high level of security and transparency, it is not completely untraceable or anonymous. It is important to remember that blockchain technology is not a guarantee of anonymity or privacy, and users should take steps to protect their identities and personal information when using cryptocurrencies.

This is what makes cryptocurrency traceable and recoverable!

Can Cryptocurrencies That Have Been Stolen By Criminals Be Traced And Recovered?

The short answer is YES!

Cryptocurrencies that have been stolen by criminals can sometimes be traced and recovered, but it can be a complex process. This Handbook will help the reader understand that process.

One of the benefits of blockchain technology is that every transaction on the network is recorded on a public ledger, which means that all transactions associated with a stolen cryptocurrency can be traced. However, the identity of the person behind the transaction may not be immediately apparent, as cryptocurrency transactions are typically pseudonymous. However, police around the world are using a process of seizure without really knowing the identity of the criminal(s).

In some cases, law enforcement agencies have been successful in tracing stolen cryptocurrencies by following the transaction trail and identifying the individuals or organizations involved. However, this requires the police to trace and then prosecutors to work with the courts to get Court Orders issued to seize the cryptocurrency for any victims.

The process requires the time and involvement of a friendly court, but it is far from impossible. Hundreds of millions of dollars to billion are being seized each year now.

We Hope This Cryptocurrency Investigator’s Handbook Helps!

We are providing this guide to help law enforcement to better support scam victims and to help victims better understand the process.

Disclaimer: The contents of this paper is for educational purposes only. Nothing in this paper should be viewed as investment or legal advice. Investigators, in
particular law enforcement officers should always follow the policies and procedures of your respective agency and consult with agency counsel and prosecutors when conducting an investigation into cryptocurrencies, digital assets and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). The contents of this paper are intended as a guide only and investigators are responsible to follow the law, regulation, and policy of their respective jurisdiction

Copyright © 2022 Blockchain Intelligence Group. Reprinted and distributed with permission of the author.

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