When front page headlines describe your business as “one of the biggest scams in history,” what’s your next move? In the case of Ruja Ignatova, you go into hiding and nobody ever hears from you again. Once known as the “Cryptoqueen,” Ruja might be hiding out with a stolen $7.5 billion Bitcoin fortune…

The Rise of the Cryptoqueen

In 2013, Bitcoin saw its first massive price jump and really entered the mainstream. In October 2013, a single Bitcoin would cost you $120. Just two months later, Bitcoin topped $1,000 for the first time.

The extreme rise created many millionaires practically overnight. It also injected countless people with a serious case of FOMO. And when people want nothing more but to be rich – and feel they barely missed it – they’re extremely vulnerable.

At the time Ruja Ignatova was 36 years old. The already-convicted Bulgarian fraudster decided to take advantage of the moment and launch her own cryptocurrency. She called it…

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