MapleChange - A Tale of Theft by Two Romanian Brothers

in cryptocurrency •  7 months ago 

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In this article we’re going to cover the recent exit scam of the Canadian cryptocurrency exchange MapleChange (https://maplechange.com/). We’re going to follow the leads left by management, and see where it gets us. They pulled an exit scam of more than 913 BTC (worth more than $6,000,000 at current exchange rates), and that’s the reason why we decided to cover this issue.

Who is Behind MapleChange Management?

After users claimed they couldn’t withdraw their funds, and an apparent disappearance of the MapleChange management, the crypto-community started to wonder what could potentially be wrong with the exchange.


source: https://twitter.com/MapleChangeEx/status/1056585331493896192

The management team claimed that there was a problem with the exchange due to a “bug”, and vanished entirely from any social media, with the exception of twitter. With users concerning that it was an exit scam, we took it upon ourselves to investigate. So lets go back to its roots.


source: http://archive.fo/zKxdC

The MapleChange website (maplechange.com) was first advertised on bitcointalk.org by a user named “ItsFlavy”. We decided to dig deeper to try and find more information.


source: http://archive.fo/zKxdC

It seems like “ItsFlavy” stands for “Flavius”, the author’s name. And it appears that Flavius is based in Edmonton, Alberta (Canada). Which would make sense, since the exchange is Canadian. So, we tapped some keywords in google (“Flavius” “MapleChance”) and found some deleted social media profiles (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn & GitHub). Yet, we found some cache versions of Flavius social media profiles.



source: https://github.com/Tach-Yon


source: http://archive.fo/w1ZAq


source: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/flavius-poenaru-2693a116b

Flavius Poenaru is a developer from Edmonton, Alberta (CA) that is behind the WeyCoin (weycoin.org) cryptocurrency and TapTap Adventure (taptapadventure.com), an android game.

Upon googling his full name (“Flavius Poenaru”), we get another interesting result.


source: http://spaces.facsci.ualberta.ca/rlai/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/2015/10/2017-RLAI-Annual-Report-to-iCORE.pdf

It seems like Flavius Poenaru is an undergrad researcher under the University of Alberta.

We also decided to google “MapleChange Inc” to see what results we get. And we got another name, another supposedly “CEO” of “MapleChange Inc”.


source: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/glad-poenaru-ba380385

It seems like there’s another name, “Glad Poenaru”. So, we decided to investigate that name, and oddly enough, Glad Poenaru deleted most of his social media. Gladly, there’s cache version(s) of it.


source: https://www.facebook.com/glad.poenaru


source: https://twitter.com/imglad91


source: web.skype.com

From searching Glad Poenaru on both Twitter, Facebook and Skype (resolver) we get some interesting information. He worked in the yatch industy, and we got the email address(s) ([email protected] , [email protected]) and also a location (Constanta, Romania). So we dicided to look for “Glad” AND “Poenaru” AND “Constanta” on google, and we found this.


source: http://www.best-maritime-mail.info/pvc/index.php/l/en/mod/charge/persone_id/7860


source: https://www.yachtworld.com/core/byp/search_byp.jsp?country=252&countryhiddenvalue=252&countryhiddentext=&startPagination=0&10000

It seems like we got a new name, “Poenaru Petru-Didel” from the same location as “Glad Poenaru”, Constanta, Romania, who also works in the yatchts industry. So we decided to google “Poenaru” AND “Petru” AND “Didel” AND “crewing”, and we got this.


source: https://www.linkedin.com/in/poenaru-didel-19230270


source: https://www.facebook.com/didel.poenaru

We find a “Didel Poenaru” from Edmonton, Alberta (formerly Constanta, Romania) who works in the yachting industry. But he’s not “Flavius Poenaru” nor “Glad Poenaru”. So what’s the connection?


source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=128816993868857&set=pb.100002216727934.-2207520000.1540880246.&type=3&theater


source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=128816860535537&set=pb.100002216727934.-2207520000.1540880246.&type=3&theater


source: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=265773723506516&set=pb.100002216727934.-2207520000.1540880246.&type=3&theater

Poenaru Didel (Didel Poenaru) is the father of Flavius Poenaru and Glad Poenaru. So lets check on his residence.


source: https://www.locatefamily.com/P/POE/POENARU-3.html


source: https://www.google.com/maps

The Didel family lives in 12727-123 Street NW, Edmonton Canada T5L0J2.

If you’re a victim of their scam, please use this information and report it to the Canadian authorities.

Happy hunting.

You should always investigate your sources thoughtfully, and take your conclusions from your own investigations.

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Removed vote due to address of family members. I did not notice that on first inspection.

Hm ...

As much as I admire this detective work. The whole thing has a very big hook. These discoveries and if they are evidence, should be given by the finders to the police in the appropriate district and made available to no one else. If someone wants to investigate or become an investigator, he should do so.

But nobody should make his research public like here, because this - I think - violates the fundamental right to defend oneself or not to see the criminal activities plus the residential address brought to the public, even if they are against the law.

This work should be left to the professionals and if we want to support the work of the police, we can do so. Why? Because you can never really be sure that not one business damaged or angry person visits this address and exercises a little vigilante justice.

That is not what people fought for. Just such a vigilante justice and denunciation could also hit someone who accidentally or by what means I know gets into the crossfire for strange investigations.

Think of communism.

Reminder: Edmonton Police Service Crime Stoppers number is 1-800-222-8477. You can remain anonymous.

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Not cool to SCAM people this way and run away with 6 million worth of crypto!

I don't think is proper to share the information of a family's address in the public like this. There's people that lost a lot of money and would do anything for revenge and you might be leading them in the wrong direction. Even if the information is accurate this just be dealt with the police not in public.