Crypto community members have donated 0.7 BTC to the victim of a phishing scam who lost 12 Bitcoins (BTC), the entirety of the investor’s holdings that had been accumulated over seven years.
On June 12, it has been reported that Eric Savics, the host of Protocol Podcast, tweeted that he has lost his entire Bitcoin savings after entering the seed phrase for his hardware wallet into a malicious imposter of KeepKey’s app from the Google Chrome store.
1/ On June 10th, I had all my Bitcoin stolen in a hardware wallet phishing scam. I built up my position over 7 years. I was planning on using it to buy an apartment… I know whoever has my BTC will likely never see this video. None the less below is my plea: pic.twitter.com/7U56yHbSU2 — ericsavics (@ericsavics1) June 12, 2020
However, Savics stated that he had hoped to purchase an apartment in future by using the funds.
He further stated:
“All of my savings are gone, I have zero Bitcoin.”
The host of the ‘Protocol Podcast’ lost his entire Bitcoin savings to a phishing scam impersonating a hardware wallet app https://t.co/VjZwWhTnAz — Cointelegraph (@Cointelegraph) June 14, 2020
At current prices, Savics’ Bitcoin stash was more than $110,000.
Likewise, Savics’ post attracted sympathetic words from leading figures in the crypto industry, including:
Erik Voorhees, the CEO of ShapeShift
Jameson Lopp, the CTO of CasaHODL
Other onlookers opted to donate BTC to Savics, with Twitter user OrangeDog responding:
“Eric can you post a BTC address? I will donate some to get your balance off zero.”
I had all of my Bitcoin stolen from me in a hardware wallet phishing scam. Has anyone ever successfully retrieved stolen Bitcoin? Any help or guidance would be appreciated. 😔 — ericsavics (@ericsavics1) June 12, 2020
As per the report, Savics’ wallet has received almost 0.709 BTC, worth around $6,650 at current prices. Savics has pledged to return the donated Bitcoin to its senders after he recovers the lost funds.
Thus, on the other hand, Nouriel Roubini, the prominent crypto critic and economist, also noticed Savics’ post by tweeting:
“1 of the 1000s of daily scams in Bitcoin/Shitcoins world. THERE ZERO SECURITY IN SHITCOIN LAND! Billions lost daily to such scams & crypto robberies. If anyone steals my credit card or bank account info I get 100% refunded with a 1 min call.”