All currency (money) has a start and endpoint regardless if it’s used for legitimate or illicit purposes. But money can ultimately be traced in the end, whether through a cryptocurrency exchange or personal/ business financial records.

Although there are sites that act as mixers or tumblers where digital currency is sent to “wash” the transactions, attempting to obfuscate the transaction by spreading it out across numerous additional transactions, the ledger is public, open for inspection, and will eventually end somewhere. Getting from point A to point B may involve an overwhelming number of transactions to follow; therefore, it would be advisable to utilize a visualization program or website to aid in keeping track of where you are and how you got to a certain place in the blockchain.

Information Sharing: It’s extremely important to partner with other law enforcement organizations and private companies to investigate cases of cryptocurrency. It’s only through information sharing, technology, partnerships, and training that we will be successful in this arena.


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