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Complaint Review: Breuninger Investment - Internet

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  • Reported By: Heather — Loxahatchee United States
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Breuninger Investment Stole my Bitcoin (my upfront "skin in the gain") capital for my business Internet

*Consumer Comment: I was able to get mine back

*Consumer Comment: Report them and get your money back.

*General Comment: Unbelievable

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I was contacted on September 29, 2022 regarding an investment into my business.  Nathan got my information from LinkedIn or 1 of 2 Angel Investor Networks.  He made an introduction to his "boss" Elon Breuninger of in Luxembourg.  We did a video chat to be able to meet face to face.  I recorded the call by video.  It was requested that I fly to Milan, Italy and have a meeting to sort the details and see if we could make an agreement and if all the parties involved felt comfortable with each other. 

I flew to Italy a few weeks later in October and met at a cafe.  I hired 2 security guards to go with me.  The meeting went great.  They loved me, nicknamed me "Miss America" and the terms were ideal - now seemingly too ideal.  They sized me up and said I had an honest face and admired my work ethic.  While there I was told I would need to make my interest payments in Bitcoin.  To do so, they wanted me to set up an Exodus wallet so they "knew" I could do what was asked before we met with the notary etc.  Nathan assisted with setting up the Exodus wallet.  He had my phone in his hand for approximately 3 minutes.  He did not write anything down, he did not take a photo or anything but he was wearing glasses and the cafe I think had cameras.  Little did these scammers know, I had cameras of my own going (only smart thing I did).  The security guards filmed the entire meeting.  Exodus (I later learned) implements a 12 word passcode that is basically the key to your wallet.

So I flew home after our meeting with my new exodus wallet set up and €5 from the scammers transferred into it.  The terms were I needed to show 10% of skin in the game in the form of bitcoin via a screenshot prior to closing.  Once I could do that, they would set a meeting at the bank with a notary and contract etc and the transaction would commence.  Seems simple right?  

I was concerned my phone had been handled by someone else so I went and bought a new phone, new IMEI, new apple ID, new SIM card and never hooked it to the internet or connected to any of my other devices or anything connected to them just in case my phone was hacked while there.  I set up a new Exodus Wallet in this new phone. 

I put the bitcoin in the fresh phone with the fresh Exodus wallet.  When it finally came time to confirm I still had €7100 being held up by Bitstamp (maybe it's own scam as I still do not have this back yet and requested it returned a week ago).  This led to an extreme amount of frustration that caused me to be flustered throughout the day.  The scammers took advantage of that situation.

I was told I had to put the bitcoin in the wallet set up together so they could ensure the funds were actually mine and not some friend helping me out with a screenshot. So over the course of a week or so I tested the account with small amounts to see if anything was set to automatically send when received.  I was trying to confirm my money for a meeting on November 22, 2022.  I transferred the money into the potentially hacked account at about 8:00 PM on November 21, 2022 and while I was in the middle of the transfer I got a text from Nathan that the meeting was going to now maybe be Friday November 25, 2022.  I had worked all day on this so I was alarmed immediately and quite literally transferred the money back out immediately and then responded to Nathan via text.  Ok, upside is I learned I can transfer in and out rather quickly.  This provided false security.  Nathan and I went around and around.  I then called him and due to my frustration with Bitstamp I was nearly in tears.  He seized on my moment of weakness.  I hung up the phone and transferred the bitcoin to the "hacked" wallet and Nathan Rosenfeld (on behalf of Elon Breuninger & Breuninger Investment) was there to pounce and the money was sent out as fast as it came in, literally in the same 60 seconds.  I had gotten a false sense of confidence when I transferred the money in and then back out immediately 45 minutes earlier.  I thought I could easily do that again and screenshot it and send the screenshot proving my funds were mine AFTER I had safely transferred them back to the new Exodus wallet that I knew no one had touched.  I was wrong.  They stole all the money in matter of seconds.

I hit the support button immediately when I saw the sending transaction but I couldn't stop it.  Exodus has been tracking the bitcoin; they have it all located in 5 other transactions and are working with law enforcement for me to try to recover and apprehend these criminals.  I seriously doubt I will ever see that money but I will do everything humanly possible to make their life miserable by posting this story everywhere I can find so no one else loses money.  I have pictures and videos of each person involved. 

I had given Nathan 1 week to "fix this" or "make it right" or give me back my money to no avail.  He claims no involvement of course despite having him on video with my phone in his hand at the exact time Exodus has documented my 12-word phrase was accessed.  He has said on 3 separate occasions he would come meet with me this past week, he has not.  He is too scared to get on the phone with me.  His data (and now Elon Breuninger's so definitely complicit) is turned off on his whatsapp until the middle of the night.  You can tell they are implementing new phone numbers and probably only log in 1x a day to see what crazy thing I say or suggest next.  I am done.  I am going to do EVERYTHING I said I would.  Report to every law enforcement agency possible, cyber crime reports, report to the tax authorities in each pertinent country - maybe it results in nothing but hopefully they are highly annoyed with an investigation into their affairs, and then I am going to go absolutely wild on the internet until I feel like they will never get to steal from anyone ever again.  

If you have been taken by these scammers please contact me, I will put you in touch with the police working on this case.  I am certain they have done this before, and will do it again.  


If you hear of Nathan Rosenfeld or LTD Invest Group or Elon Breuninger or Nathan Breuninger or Breuninger Investment, run the other way.  They will provide you with false hope and then steal your hard earned money.  If you hear of a Bitcoin anything and question if it's a scam, it probably is.  Don't think you can protect yourself while you "see" if its real.  I made that mistake.  Don't let anyone ever handle your phone even if you think they are helping you.  

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#3 Consumer Comment

I was able to get mine back

AUTHOR: Elizabeth - ()

POSTED: Monday, January 09, 2023

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Report them and get your money back.

AUTHOR: Trevor - (United States)

POSTED: Thursday, December 01, 2022

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AUTHOR: Flint - (Afghanistan)

POSTED: Thursday, December 01, 2022

Sounds like you figured out exactly what scam they were trying to pull, and yet you gave them the money anyway? What were you thinking? And yes, pretty much anything that requires money up front and/or involves Bitcoin, gift cards, Western Union, or bank wires is going to be a scam. A real investor would not ask for money up front or give you nicknames, they would be far more interested in your business proposal and the personnel running your company. And they would probably come visit you at your place of business, since presumably that's what they are investing in. And they would certainly not meet with you at some random cafe. And just so you understand, there is no "Elon Brueninger", I'm pretty sure these guys found the name of some Luxembourg company that doesn't have an English website and used it to scam you. You have no idea what the real name is of anyone involved.

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