We got scammed. Rugged. And we weren't going to allow it.
So we did something about it.
We started as a community of fellow victims: people that had been rugged or scammed and wanted to get our money back.
So we got our pitchforks and torches and we went after the scammers. Just kidding.
We leveraged the knowledge of our community to begin manually tracking and tracing the funds that were stolen. We used open source social media information, connecting the dots on the identities of the scammers.
We contacted multiple lawyers in the space, have them all of our information (yes it was expensive!) as well as law enforcement. We handed them our report showing the proof of the scammer's actions. And we submitted legal demand letters for our money back.
The scammers initially agreed to return 40k. We said ok. Better than nothing right? Wrong. We soon realized they had hidden another 150k from us. So we went back. They ignored us. We doubled down on the legal demand paperwork.
8 months later, we got it back.
During this ordeal we realized we could help so many people in this community. We realized too that a tech-based solution for tracking and tracing would save us time and energy, so we began building that. We added to our legal team, and our law enforcement relationships.
We built the industries leading tracking tracing and scam recovery company our of necessity.
And we are so excited for the future.