Twitch streamers implicated in money laundering scam in Turkey

Following the arrest of 40 suspects in Turkey for alleged credit card fraud involving the Turkish version of Twitch, Demirören News Agency (DHA) reported that some of the arrested suspects had cooperated with streamers getting paid handsomely for participating in these alleged crimes.

The alleged scam went like this: a gang of scammers used stolen credit card details to buy Bits (Twitch’s in-app currency) and give them away to streamers differently, these people will then issue a refund, thus “cleaning” it. In some cases, the streamers were scammed. In others, scammers told streamers that money was legitimately earned from advertising on Twitch.

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The scam was first exposed in October by two users of the Turkish gaming forum FrmTR. Whistleblowers have noticed that many Turkish streamers, many of whom are not even big names, have been earning unusually high amounts of Bits. This led to the scandal being brought before the Turkish parliament, and an extensive police operation followed.

Forty arrests have been made across 11 provinces of Turkey, including minors among the suspects. Police report that there are still 4 more suspects. It doesn’t appear that any of the suspects currently in custody are streamers, but if the allegations of knowing the cooperation turn out to be true, more arrests could be made as the investigation unfolds. investigation continues.

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Luke Plunkett

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