The cryptoqueen: the hunt for a multi-billion-dollar scam artist

They called her the cryptoqueen. Bulgarian-born fraudster Dr Ruja Ignatova was a jet-setting, Oxford-educated entrepreneur with her own unique cryptocurrency brand called OneCoin. It seemed like the “perfect scam”: a glamorous founder, a multi-billion-dollar con, a fake currency, a cult–like recruitment drive and a lucrative pyramid scheme, all rolled into one. Ignatova attracted huge audiences to her OneCoin lectures, convincing people to invest their life savings. By March 2017, OneCoin had attracted over $4,5bn from 175 countries. But within a few months, the mysterious Bulgarian disappeared without a trace. Ignatova is on the run from the FBI, accused of pulling off one of the biggest individual frauds in financial history. Her victims number over a million, many facing financial ruin. Will they ever find this fascinating fraudster and recover the billions she stole? Find out more at and

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