Cryptocurrency fraud: how a young rogue profits from gullible citizens during the war.
Since February 24, many well-known swindlers, embezzlers of state funds and other criminal elements have sharply become ardent patriots, benefactors and volunteers, Ivan Chip writes in his investigation for CRiME projects. Well, how did you get on? Some really give a significant part of what they have acquired through “overwork” to help the army and refugees. Others spend more money on promoting their “contribution to victory” in the media than on real help.
Nevertheless, these, at least a couple of rusty “bourgeois” cars, are still transferred to the front. And they try not to stick out too much about their luxurious lifestyle. Indeed, in a war-torn country, a quarter of whose population will fall below the poverty line in the coming months, this is at least indecent. As a maximum, it is fraught with uncomfortable questions, for example, about the sources of wealth. And not only from the side of the idle public, but also from law enforcement agencies.
Dmitry Khitsenko, a self-described 22-year-old “blogger”, is neither one nor the other. Whether due to stupidity, or due to heightened arrogance (perhaps both factors overlapped here), he “came out”, flaunting an expensive fleet.
However, as it turned out during my little investigation, Dima needs these “show-offs” for the “case”. But first things first.
A couple of weeks ago, the author of these lines, conducting a routine press review, came across a little strange news. Against the backdrop of massive missile strikes and fierce fighting, its headline was striking in its absurdity: “A young Ukrainian blogger boasted of a $600,000 car collection.” So much so that I even read this note.
In it, the reader is immediately, so to speak, directly confronted with the fact that Dmitry Khitsenko, known in the blogosphere under the nickname Khitsa, despite his young age, has collected a collection of exclusive cars worth as much as $600,000. It allegedly includes a tuned Lamborghini Huracan RWD, hybrid BMW i8 and Mercedes-AMG G63. The author of the article emphasizes that Dmitry Khitsenko is one of the youngest Ukrainian millionaires. He allegedly made his starting capital on the set of pranks (pranks) for social networks, which he invested in cryptocurrencies. And then “launched about a hundred Telegram channels about her”, and he was flooded.
For some time I was thoughtful: why did I read this nonsense, from which a mile away reeks of stupid fu… hoax? Well, let's say this young talent has such a powerful animal instinct that he managed not to burn out, but to break a big jackpot in the insanely volatile cryptocurrency market (which is unlikely). But why does he need not one, not ten, but “about a hundred” Telegram channels about “crypt”? Why shout about it from every iron? What is the point of this?
I note that any legal Ukrainian entrepreneur-millionaire, as a rule, appears in state registers, if not as a beneficiary of some enterprises, then as an FLP (FOP). The opposite often indicates that the defendant's business is either not entirely legal or criminal at all. So, Dmitry Khitsenko is not mentioned in the registers. None.
Suspecting that we were dealing with a scam here, I turned to good old Google with a simple request: “Dmitry Khitsenko.” The search result intrigued me. The issue brought me mainly links to notes about Dima Khitsenko, published in the same period (with a difference of a couple of days). Which say the same thing: Dmitry Khitsenko has expensive cars, filmed pranks, invested in cryptocurrencies, set up a hundred channels in the “cart”, became a millionaire.
The same story with news searches: at the request of “Dmitry Khitsenko”, the search engine provides links to almost identical publications. Plus a few links to notes dated late November, which say that Dmitry Khitsenko recently paid off $12,000 in Poland for the maintenance of his Lamborghini. Where, by the way, remains to this day. But the question of how this idler of draft age was released abroad during the war, we will leave out of the brackets.
Obviously, Dima Khitsenko spent several thousand dollars to become known on the Internet (more precisely, in its Ukrainian segment) as a successful Lamborghini cryptocurrency blogger. And, God forbid, in no other form. Why? Why?! So I became interested.
When you read the notes about our pimply nouveau riche a little more carefully, you notice that in them (sometimes unobtrusively, sometimes not so) the reader is persuaded to go to his Instagram page. Where he broadcasts under the nickname, as indicated above, Khitsa.
An important detail: from “insta” our hero strongly suggests going to his Telegram channel.
In one of the notes about which Khitsenko well done, the following is said:
What life experience Dmitry Khitsenko shares, how he helps the Armed Forces of Ukraine and invests in the Ukrainian economy, can be found on his TikTok page. If you are hoping to see our millionaire blogger shipping ammunition or food packages for refugees to the front, I will disappoint you. All content is dumb, vulgar “jokes”, the plots of which revolve around Dima Khitsenko, his “cars” and “chicks”. .jpg” class=”wpg_image” title=”xitsaa” width=”674″ height=”545″ alt=”xitsaa” />
Maybe Dmitry Khitsenko, due to innate modesty, simply does not advertise his contribution to our coming victory over the aggressor country? Hell no! A few months ago, the inhabitants of the “curb” were the target audience of this rogue. I guess it's just because there are many times more suckers there because of the population. I would also venture to suggest that Dmitry Khitsenko decided to switch to Ukrainian compatriots, because the sanctions have dried up financial instruments for withdrawing the money taken from the Russians.
Yes, the reader's guess is correct: Dmitry Khitsenko is a swindler. His “rattle” Khitsa has already gained some notoriety in the narrow circles of cryptocurrencies.
If you go back a little to the screenshots of his TikTok and Instagram pages, note that on both accounts he is promoting his next Telegram channel (on TikTok, in the description of every second or third post, there is a call to subscribe to Dima's “cart”).
This Telegram channel is called Lambo Guy. It is replete with reprints with screenshots of news from the world of crypto-currencies, there is our hero’s Lamborghini, short videos with his participation on the topic “here I closed a successful deal, now I’m chilling” in the pool. But the main thing for which this whole undertaking is selling access to the so-called PRIVAT channel, in which Dmitry Khitsenko promises to teach how to make crazy money on crypto trading.
And, of course, “enticements”, in which Khitsenko draws breathtaking incomes of those who seem to have already paid him for access to that private channel, and now allegedly successfully trades in cryptocurrency futures.
Reviews have already begun to appear on sites dedicated to dubious types of earnings on the Internet, which allege that the founder of the Lambo Guy channel is a scammer. For example, here they categorically state that our hero is selling fake signals (forecasts) to citizens who are hungry for easy money. And also draws them into the network of “black” crypto-currency brokers, who give him some of the money fooled from the “suckers”. ” class=”wpg_image” title=”Lambo Guy” width=”735″ height=”478″ alt=”Lambo Guy” />
Of course, it cannot be ruled out that we are dealing with an attempt by spiteful critics to denigrate a decent young Ukrainian millionaire. But the trouble is that Dmitry Khitsenko and his “rattle” Khitsa have previously appeared on the Internet in the context of shameless fraud. And more than once.
The author of these lines found several reviews about another cryptocurrency project by Dima Khitsenko (for example, here and here). Until May of this year, inclusive, our crypto rogue ran the KhiTrade telegram channel, which was closed shortly after revealing reviews began to appear about it.
As in “The Guy on Lambo”, on this channel Dmitry Khitsenko seduced visitors with a demonstration of a luxurious lifestyle, “rubbed” platitudes about the cryptocurrency market, and lured them into a closed channel. One could get into it only by pouring money into a “black” crypto broker connected with Khitsenko (and, accordingly, sharing investments with him).
After the far from free entry into the private channel, the “divorce” of customers continued.
Dmitry Khitsenko offered the “suckers” to give him an amount starting from 15,000 occupation rubles (I remind you that until the 24th Khitsenko cut his hair mostly from Russians), which he promised to multiply several times in three hours of trading on a crypto-exchange. According to eyewitnesses, the citizens who agreed to his proposal did not see their money anymore.
In some publications that have signs of advertising, there is such a biographical note on our hero:
The young millionaire was born in Kharkov in the Zalyutino district, where he studied at the 86th gymnasium. From the age of 17, Khitsenko began filming “pranks” and posting them on social networks, which allowed him to collect a million subscribers.
After that, Dmitry began to work professionally in the field of SMM, he also became interested in cryptocurrency.
At the expense of pranks – true. At least, on Youtube, there are several videos with obtuse tricks of a high school student Khitsenko. But they never became particularly popular (probably because they are too dumb even for teenagers). For example, the video below received only 3.2 thousand views in four years.
By the way, about “millions of subscribers” – this is “chess”. Despite the recent large-scale advertising campaign, Khitsenko has 41.8 thousand subscribers on Instagram, 98.3 thousand on TikTok, and 31.8 thousand on the Telegram channel “Guy on Lambo”. millions, but too many for a scammer.
If at the age of 17, in 2017, Dmitry Khitsenko only lured potential victims with pranks on social networks, then the very next year he “began working in the field of SMM professionally.” That is, he set about cutting off suckers. In 2018, this young rogue is already in full swing through the Khitsa.Bet Telegram channel. In it, he “sold” a subscription to a VIP chat, allegedly with predictions of the results of football matches, promising overly gullible and gambling subjects that they could get rich quite a bit by placing a bet according to his “forecasts” in a bookmaker.
When some critical mass of victims had accumulated, Dima Khitsenko's Khitsa.Bet channel cut out, but some traces remained in the archives of services that track betting fraud.
Subsequently, Dmitry Khitsenko switches to this type of fraud, as “promotion of the account.” This is one of the most common scams in the betting world. The scammer convinces the victim that he is able to predict the outcome of sports events with almost 100% probability, and lures access to the victim's account at the bookmaker.
But since bookmakers have been fighting this “scheme” for a long time and mercilessly, Khitsa has simplified it so much that he does not have to deal with these harsh guys. He just took the “loha” money, promised to return everything + 60% of the winnings. Naturally, he did not return anything, but asked for more, promising to win back.
Later, Dmitry Khitsenko got another Instagram profile under the nickname dmitry_promotion.
Check out the “advertising” trick: if you don’t have enough money, give it to Dima Khitsenko.
Hitsenko made the last update here on November 25, 2020. It looks like this “office” soon went bankrupt.
However, for some time the Telegram channel “Live Khitsa” existed, through which Dmitry Khitsenko bred suckers with sports betting. Until last April, the number of fools reached a critical mass, and Khitsa again became known as a scammer (see here and here). But not so much in Ukraine, where he operated from, but in the aggressor country.
Please note: in this scam, Dmitry Khitsenko used the same page on Instagram, which he recently promoted in the media for a crypto scam. That is, he never really hid. He operates impudently, without hiding. He even drew many Ukrainian media into his swindle scheme – from specialized automotive publications to Channel 24, Obozrevatel, Focus.
Maybe it's time for the competent authorities to take care of this guy?</p
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