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Scams associated with Cryptocurrency scams have fallen a massive 77% from $3.3 billion to $1.1 billion over the first six months of 2023, according to a recent report by blockchain intelligence firm Chainalysis.

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The catch, though, is that ransom attacks are back in trend, with perpetrators pocketing 62.4% more revenue in the first half of this year than in the first six months of 2022.

On July 12, Chainalysis released its Mid-year Crypto Crime Update, noting it’s the second consecutive year that scam revenue has trended downward.

The firm observed that, historically, scam revenue increases in bull markets — but that hasn’t been the case so far in 2023:

“Usually, positive price movements translate to higher scam revenue, likely because increased market exuberance and FOMO make victims more susceptible to scammers’ pitches. But 2023’s drastic scam decline bucks that long-standing trend.”

Inflows into known illicit entities fell 65% over the first six months of 2023 compared to the same timeframe last year, while inflows to risky entities — such as cryptocurrency mixers and high-risk exchanges — fell 42%.

While Chainalysis partially attributed the drop to decreasing transaction volumes, it explained that illicit inflows have fallen at a faster rate:

“Transaction volumes are down across the board, but declines are much less severe for legitimate services, which have seen just a 28% drop in inflows.”

Kim Grauer, director of research at Chainalysis, said that past scam victims may also be becoming more “scrupulous” with their investment decisions and, as a result, may no longer be falling for the bait thrown out by scammers. This may also be contributing to the fall in scam revenue.

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“It’s entirely possible that scam victims have learned to be more scrupulous,” the firm said. “It’s also likely that government and industry awareness campaigns, as well as media reporting, has helped educate people on the risks of scamming.”

Chainalysis warned that artificial intelligence tools may increasingly be used to promote scams through the use of deep fakes, among other things, stating:

“Given the growing prominence of romance and pig butchering scams, one thing to look out for is the use of AI to increase effectiveness and scale, since those scams are largely text-based.”

Hacks also fell by $1.1 billion from the first six months of 2022, according to Chainalysis.

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