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This article was published on July 11, 2019

Furious Bitcoin scam victims torch alleged Ponzi mastermind’s house

Furious Bitcoin scam victims torch alleged Ponzi mastermind’s house
Yessi Bello Perez
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Yessi Bello Perez

Former Senior Writer, Growth Quarters

Angry victims have looted and torched the home of a man who reportedly operated an alleged Bitcoin Ponzi scheme in South Africa. 

Firefighters in Ladysmith, approximately 365 kilometres south of Johannesburg, were called to Sphelele “Sgumza” Mbatha’s house on Wednesday afternoon after several angry citizens set the building on fire.

An anonymous source told TimesLIVE that victims were taking the law into their own hands because Mbatha was unreachable.

Sphelele ‘Sgumza’ Mbatha home torched by angry victims. Image via Ladysmith Gazette

Mbatha operated Bitcoin Wallet, a company which reportedly enticed victims to invest in exchange for easy and big returns on investments. 

Earlier this week, Mbatha told the Ladysmith Gazette that he didn’t have any more cash to pay out to clients. The same outlet confirmed on July 9 that Mbatha had not been arrested, despite rumours on social media.

Reports about potential wrongdoing surfaced in June after several local outlets spoke about a possible cryptocurrency Ponzi scheme.

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