A crypto portfolio supervisor for a Dubai-based firm was recently kidnapped and held for ransom by his new Albanian colleagues while on vacation in Benalmádena, Spain. This expansion was documented in a weekend Spanish story.
According to the article, the victim had been partying with the group for several days before meeting them at a beautiful property. They tied him up and demanded €1 million for his release. While the abductors enabled the victim to use his mobile to contact the guy who demanded the ransom, he could send a photograph through the window to a coworker, who then reported the event to the police.
The police immediately launched an inquiry to discover and release the victim. Using the information provided by the coworker, the police located the villa where the abductors were keeping the patient. The abductors were captured in a concerted operation involving 50 law enforcement authorities, and the patient was successfully freed. Throughout the investigation, the police discovered a room packed with plastic, guns, and gardening tools such as pruning scissors and saws.
According to the investigation, one of the kidnappers had several bogus identities and criminal records, while two others had fake Greek passports. The kidnappers are currently in police custody and are expected to face charges of abduction, illegally possessing firearms and accidents.
The kidnapping of the crypto manager serves as a reminder of the growing risks associated with cryptocurrencies, as well as the need for caution when meeting new acquaintances and increased security measures to protect against such criminal activities.