19 February 2021 Friday. 21:44:59 UTC
I was scammed out of $3,000 by https://lottrades.com/. Please find the story and transaction details below.
I was initially contacted by a fake Instagram account on February 6, 2021. The account handle is ___akilstokesrtm___.
1st transaction was to fund the trading account.
2021-02-08 10:36:43 - Sent a total of 0.056866 BTC to 1L8eGhdjZ2hzrV73YzGfLjV5RPNd6GKKKA. Transaction ID = 99235a80b0d2804868ccba5078e1a85ff0a1aedf8060dc4cdf41a774b308f737
2nd transaction was to release my funds. I was told that I needed to send $500 as a fee to release my funds.
2021-02-12 09:47:26 - Sent a total of 0.009781 BTC to 1L8eGhdjZ2hzrV73YzGfLjV5RPNd6GKKKA. Transaction ID = 9b72edae17318718b02816f248dcc077c8e30d411d63c9660f1e55ce0d53d775
3rd transaction was to release my funds, as I had sent the first $500 to my trading account and not the company wallet.
2021-02-12 01:02 P.M. - Sent a total of 0.01025069 BTC to 139F3W26UBtMTfxSqbeorf3ZdLTR6f7eK1. Transaction ID = d65a5bfec88ee0904fce704a1b4025d56730ba46bf29c4e76409f3f3b243de70
The funds remained there for a week while a trader "traded on my behalf". This person said his name was Joe and sent me the attached ID and photo via WhatsApp. The number he used is 1 (323) 609-5911. I have since been in touch with the real Joe, who has confirmed that he isn't a trader.
Once the account went up to over $40k, they were to send me my funds. However, they informed me that I would have to pay $6,800 to the company wallet in order to release them, which is where I put my foot down. I've attached the e-mails stating that the withdrawal was approved, successful and the error.
The company information within their Terms and Conditions page is that of IQ Option. See attached. I checked their Who.Is and the domain is new https://who.is/whois/lottrades.com.