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How investor lost $500,000 to crypto, as his trader died with password

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In 2018, the cofounder of cryptocurrency firm, Quadriga CX, Gerald William Cotten, died nine days into his honeymoon, taking along the password to the company’s account housing investors’ $250 million fund.

This threw pandemonium into the cryptocurrency market, as investors couldn’t access their funds – cause only Cotten knew the password to their investment – one of them is Tong Zuo.

Zuo lost $500,000 he invested in the cryptoasset promoted by Quadriga. This was revealed in a Netflix documentary on cryptocurrency; “Trust No One: The Hunt For The Crypto King.” released on March 30, 2022.

The 33-year-old was one of the 76,000 investors whose monies were locked away in Qradriga accounts, after Cotten failed to pass the password to his wife, Jennifer Robertson, as promised.

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“I just prayed. I really prayed it wasn’t a scam. At that time, there was nothing I could do. There was no way of getting my money back. Once I deposited it, it was basically gone,” Zuo said.

Quadriga had claimed that the company was involved in a lawsuit which is preventing it from accessing the vault and distributing the money to investors – the Canada-based firm is now out of operation.

Zuo stated that, “I kept asking them: Where’s my money? – October, November, December – during all that time. They kept saying it was the lawsuit. I couldn’t get any sleep.”

Quadriga has been labelled an old-fashioned fraud using technology to aid its activities, according to investigation.

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