This investor just lost thousands of dollars after accidentally showing his private crypto keys during a livestream.
The Brazilian influencer Ivan Bianco, who goes by Fraternidade Crypto, has 35,000 followers on YouTube where he live streams blockchain games and advises his followers about crypto investments.
Unfortunately one of those 35,000 followers took advantage when he accidentally opened up a file on his computer revealing the private keys to all his crypto accounts.
When it comes to crypto wallets, revealing your private crypto keys is like revealing the password to your bank account.
So, as soon as he realized what he’d done, Bianco shut down the livestream and tried to transfer his funds out of those accounts.
But he was too late because one of his followers had already infiltrated his account and taken $60,000 worth of crypto from him.
Absolutely devastated, Bianco returned to the platform and begged the thief to return his money.
“Yesterday was one of the worst days of my life,” he said.
“I kind of froze at the time, as you see on the video. I started to get bad shaking you know?
“When I went to transfer the assets, an error sign appeared. I couldn’t believe that I was going through this.”
Bianco even went to the police to report the theft.
He noted that around 70 people were watching his live stream when he accidentally showed the private keys, and perhaps this would help the police narrow down he list of suspects.
When he returned home and got back online, he got a message from someone asking to talk.
“I almost told him ‘I can’t talk now, I’m f****d up here,” Bianco said.
Luckily he did take the call, because the caller admitted he’d taken the money and said he would return it.
In the end, the caller returned $50,000 of the $60,000 that was taken.
Despite the stress of it all, Bianco said he wanted to take the high road.
“I won’t say his name because the guy returned it and there’s no reason for me to screw him, even though what he did was wrong,” he said.
The crypto influencer said he was still working to get the remaining $10,000 back from others who infiltrated his accounts.