Cryptocurrency tracing

Our expert cyber fraud investigators track down cryptocurrency trails to help victims recover assets with actionable evidence.

With high transaction speeds, perceived anonymity and decentralisation, cryptocurrency is the preferred payment method in almost all major financial fraud cases. If your cryptocurrency has been stolen or scammed, a powerful technique known as crypto tracing can be used to identify target transactions and locate assets.

Whether to inform a financial crime investigation or assist an asset search, IFW offers exceptional crypto tracing services across the globe. Our skilled investigators utilise sophisticated cryptocurrency tracing software and global resources to map out money trails on the blockchain.

If you have fallen victim to a cryptocurrency investment scam, hack or theft, we are here to hunt down your crypto assets and expose the offender behind the crime. Equipped with evidence of payment paths, crypto exchanges and perpetrators, you can take legal action to recover your coins.

Cryptocurrency tracing with a proven track record

Global leaders in crypto fraud investigation

With over 30 years experience in investigation and evidence collection, IFW investigators are world-renowned for their cryptocurrency tracing capabilities. We have mastered the art of identifying money trails and fraudsters with unrivalled efficiency to the high standard required by Courts and law enforcement.

Sophisticated CipherTrace software

IFW utilises CipherTrace de-anonymisation tools to track down over 800 cryptocurrencies on the blockchain. Favoured by international law enforcement agencies, this powerful software can reveal the Virtual Asset Service Provider (VASP) used to manage coins.

Expert reports for legal action

Once your cryptocurrency assets have been located, you may wish to take the offender to Court and recover any losses. Prepared by a Cryptocurrency Tracing Certified Examiner (CTCE), our reports detail lawful evidence for civil and criminal prosecutions.

Worldwide cryptocurrency tracing

IFW offers the exclusive ability to trace cryptocurrencies in any country, thanks to a global team of investigators, analysts and researchers, as well as extensive relationships with state, federal and international partner agencies around the world.

Invaluable connections

To maximise the likelihood of successful crypto tracing and recovery, IFW leverages a network of confidential informants, sources and whistleblowers in the cryptocurrency fraud industry, as well as expert witnesses in cybercrime and cyber forensics. If required, we can also refer you to a law enforcement agency.

Complete client confidentiality

No matter its scale or cost, every cryptocurrency scam investigation is performed with total discretion and a commitment to client confidentiality. To protect your privacy, IFW encrypts all personal data and will never disclose case details without consent.

Uncover critical information with cryptocurrency tracing

Attributions & associations

Blockchain intelligence software can gather ownership attribution details for analysis. While this information rarely reveals the personal identities of individual offenders, it can highlight key associations with criminal organisations or fraudulent schemes.

Address clusters

A cluster is a set of cryptocurrency addresses managed by the same user or group. By widening the investigation to encompass multiple addresses, our cybercrime specialists can gather more evidence for successful tracing.

Verification details

Many VASPs, cryptocurrency exchange platforms and decentralised finance firms demand identity verification information when creating accounts. If a scammer has used such services for cryptocurrency dealings, this personal data can be accessed with a civil subpoena or criminal warrant.

IP addresses

Blockchain surveillance systems can collect metadata to look out for IP addresses linked to specific payments. An IP address may shed light on the fraudster’s physical location when a given transaction was made.

 Transaction volumes

The total value of cryptocurrency transactions can indicate the scale of a scam. Due to the number of victims targeted, a larger scheme may warrant a class action lawsuit in civil Court, as well garner more attention from media and law enforcement officials.

Risk profiles

Advanced algorithms may be used to perform automatic risk profiling that tracks the activity of a cryptocurrency address. Any interactions with certain entities, such as peer-to-peer exchanges or ransomware rings, will be flagged.

Total address values

The amount of assets held by an offender’s cryptocurrency address can be a vital piece of information for successful recovery. A high-value address may be subject to a seizure warrant in criminal Court or a Freezing or Garnishee Order in civil proceedings.

I engaged IFW to pursue my investment of AUD $1.8 million in a boiler room share market scam. IFW tracked down the fraudsters involved in my investment scam and had them arrested in the Philippines. We subsequently were able to freeze all their assets and negotiated a financial settlement which resulted in the return of all of my invested funds and recovery expenses. This was a life changing experience for me to recover my investment and restore my financial position. Thanks to IFW for their relentless pursuit of the criminals involved.

- Successful investment scam recovery

Frequently asked questions

  • Cryptocurrency tracing is the technique used to track down transactions for goods and services on the blockchain, with the aim of ultimately determining who has cashed the money out and how.

  • Yes, contrary to popular belief, cryptocurrency is traceable with the right tools and expertise.

    Blockchain ledgers that record cryptocurrency transactions use a unique address of numbers and letters to identify each user. The lack of personal details makes it extremely challenging, if not impossible, for victims of fraud to hunt down offenders alone.

    What’s more, cryptocurrency can be cashed out quickly into fiat money through cryptocurrency exchange platforms around the world – many of which remain unregulated with no financial oversight.

    Thankfully, cyber fraud investigators such as IFW have the expert skills and global resources to expose criminals lurking behind this cloak of anonymity.

    Note that the likelihood of successful tracing varies from case to case, depending on the scam’s complexity and technical measures used to hide its perpetrator’s identity.

  • Yes, it is possible to recover scammed cryptocurrency with legal action.

    However, it’s important to understand that recovery services are not included in cryptocurrency tracing, which aims only to identify payment paths on the blockchain. This critical first step helps to locate cryptocurrency assets so that they can be frozen until recovered through Court proceedings.

  • The cost of cryptocurrency tracing will depend on how many traces are required.

    Before beginning the investigation, IFW will perform a preliminary assessment of your case and provide a tailored cost proposal to reach an optimal outcome.

  • While the length of time it takes to uncover a money trail will depend on case circumstances, IFW completes most cryptocurrency tracing within 14 days.

  • Yes, our cryptocurrency tracing reports can serve as evidence in Court in almost all developed countries.

    However, as cryptocurrency is a relatively novel phenomenon, legislation is still being drafted in most jurisdictions.

    To confirm whether IFW can provide admissible evidence for your case, please contact our cryptocurrency fraud investigators today.

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