Decoding Thailand’s $277M ‘Pig Butchering’ Crypto Scam

Discover how Binance’s collaboration with Thai law enforcement led to the exposure of a $277M crypto scam.

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  • Binance aids Thai police in a major crypto scam crackdown.
  • Over $277M in assets, including luxury cars and homes, were seized.
  • Unraveling the mechanics of the “Pig Butchering” scam and its global significance.

In a world where digital currencies promise revolutionary financial freedom, the shadows of scams and deceit still loom large. Thailand recently witnessed one such case, a crypto scam of staggering proportions, leaving thousands victimized and millions lost.

The $277M Scandal: Thailand’s Crypto Underworld Exposed

On Tuesday, October 3, Binance revealed its role in folding two major operations against criminal networks behind significant crypto scams. The more notable case involved the Cyber Crime Investigation Bureau (CCIB) of the Royal Thai Police, Binance, and U.S. Homeland Security Investigation (HSI). These agencies and Binance joined forces to dismantle a criminal ring responsible for a massive “pig butchering” scam. 


The police action led to the arrest of five principal members of this notorious group. The scale of the operation became evident when assets valued at around THB 10 billion ($277M) were confiscated. This staggering amount included luxury cars, opulent homes, vast tracts of land, and other upscale items. Since the crackdown, over 3,200 victims have come forward, seeking compensation for their losses.

Decoding the “Pig Butchering” Scam: How It Works

“Pig butchering” scams primarily target novice investors. The perpetrators employ a range of tactics to build trust, making their victims believe they are entering a legitimate investment opportunity. 

Scammers often pose as attractive, wealthy, and successful individuals on dating apps or social media platforms. They approach potential victims, usually portraying themselves as looking for serious relationships. Then, they entice the victim to deposit assets into fraudulent investment platforms. 

Once the bait is taken, the scammers display fictitious profits on the platform interface, motivating further investments. In a sinister twist, they might deceive victims into paying additional sums, falsely claiming these are “taxes” required for funds withdrawal. Once they have milked their victims dry, the scammers vanish, leaving behind a trail of financial devastation.


The pig butchering scam is not a new phenomenon, and its roots can be traced back to schemes that existed long before the advent of cryptocurrencies. However, the digital age and the rise of crypto platforms have given such scams a new playground, making them more widespread and challenging to trace. The decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies, combined with the global reach of the internet, allows these scams to transcend borders, affecting individuals worldwide.

On the Flipside

  • Pig butchering romance scams are increasing in popularity, prompting the FBI to issue a warning about them in 2022. 
  • The scam’s success lies in its ability to blend romance and finance seamlessly, making detection difficult until it’s too late.

Why This Matters

For crypto traders, understanding the intricacies of such scams is crucial. It not only helps in safeguarding one’s assets but also in making informed decisions in a volatile market.

Read more about pig butchering scams:
U.S. FBI Issues Warning as “Pig Butchering” Crypto Scams Gain Popularity

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This article is for information purposes only and should not be considered trading or investment advice. Nothing herein shall be construed as financial, legal, or tax advice. Trading forex, cryptocurrencies, and CFDs pose a considerable risk of loss.

David Marsanic

David Marsanic is a journalist for DailyCoin who covers the intersection of crypto, traditional finance, and government. He focuses on institutionalized crypto entities like major cryptocurrency exchanges and Solana, breaking down complex topics into easy-to-understand writing. David's prior experience as a business journalist at various crypto and traditional news sites has enabled him to maintain a critical approach to news while adhering to high journalistic integrity standards.