Abductors demand Monero crypto ransom for return of Billionaire’s wife

Abductors demand Monero crypto ransom for return of Billionaire's wife

The disappearance of a Norwegian billionaire’s wife has taken a shocking turn with a ransom of US$10m, to be paid in Monero, demanded.

68-year-old Anne-Elisabeth Falkevik Hagen is believed to have been abducted from her home near Oslo on October 31.

This morning, Norwegian broadcaster NRK has reported the captors have demanded US$10m for her safe return. Their demands include that the full payment be made in the equivalent amount of the cryptocurrency, Monero.

Norwegian police have described the case as “very serious” and say there is no evidence to suggest Mrs Hagen is alive and well

“As the case now stands, police have advised the family not to settle the claim,” Police Inspector Tommy Broske told reporters overnight.

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Police Inspector Tommy Broske at a press conference in Lillestrom (Pic: The Guardian)

Mrs Hagen is married to businessman Tom Hagen who has made billions in the real estate and energy sectors. His estimated wealth is US$1.7 billion.

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