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281 people arrested in operation targeting email scammers

By midian182 · 10 replies
Sep 12, 2019
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  1. Operation reWired, a coordinated law enforcement effort by the DoJ, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Treasury, Postal Inspection Service, and the Department of State, took place over a four-month period, leading to the arrest of 74 people in the US, 167 in Nigeria, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana. Arrests were also made in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, and the United Kingdom.

    BEC scams often target employees at small- to large-sized businesses with access to the companies' financial accounts, tricking them into making wire transfers. The same criminals behind these emails also went after individuals such as the elderly using romance scams, which involves making someone believe they’ve found a perfect partner and convincing them to send money.

    Other scams used by the criminals include the common lottery scam, in which someone is told they’ve won a lottery they never entered but need to pay the taxes before receiving their winnings. There were also work-from-home scams that see victims send “overpayments” to fake employers’ bank accounts; vehicle sale scams where victims pay for non-existent vehicles using prepaid gift cards; and rental scams, which involves scammers agreeing to rent a property, sending a bad check in excess of the agreed-upon deposit, and requesting the overpayment be returned via wire transfer before the check bounces.

    “We’re sending a clear message to the criminals who orchestrate these BEC schemes: We’ll keep coming after you, no matter where you are. And to the public, we’ll keep doing whatever we can to protect you,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray.

    The operation has seen almost $3.7 million recovered by law enforcement agents. According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center, BEC and EAC (Email Account Compromise) scams accounted for over $1 billion in losses last year, almost twice as much as in 2017.

    Last month, it was reported that Alaska was the state with most cybercrime victims per 10,000 residents—21.67—while South Carolina residents lost the most money, a massive $18,241.52 per person on average.

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  2. TomSEA

    TomSEA TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 3,144   +1,651

    That's pretty hilarious the state of Washington - home to Microsoft, Amazon, Boeing and numerous other high-tech industries - has one of the highest rates of scam victims.
    rondean2000 likes this.
  3. QuantumPhysics

    QuantumPhysics TS Evangelist Posts: 1,630   +1,229

    FAKEBOOK has countless romance schemes. If these "women" (men) won't chat with you on videochat, they are liars using stolen photos to gain your attention and trust. Then they start asking for money claiming they can't use video chat if they don't get an itunes gift card to pay for it.

    I have fun with them and send them pictures of an itunes card and tell them I am gonna send it but I wanna get to know them first. I ask for more pictures or video chat and then the morons send photos they stole that don't match up to the original. Jerk em around as long and possible until they get frustrated and quit.

    Any one who calls me up with a lottery scheme really gets jerked around. I fooled one of these *****s into coming here to pick up the money and had them arrested.
  4. seeprime

    seeprime TS Guru Posts: 405   +432

    How are all those Nigerian princes supposed to spread their money around now, after being arrested?
    AudoBell likes this.
  5. Jeff Re

    Jeff Re TS Addict Posts: 167   +138

    3.7 million out of a billion is what percent...?
  6. MonsterZero

    MonsterZero TS Evangelist Posts: 582   +334

  7. TheBigT42

    TheBigT42 TS Maniac Posts: 341   +240

    I work at a University. Students are constantly giving out their user name and password because they received an email...

    "We will deactivate your email account if you don't click this link and log in."

    I wonder how many of them let Windows Technical Support access their computer.
    ShagnWagn likes this.
  8. netman

    netman TS Evangelist Posts: 384   +133

    "The operation has seen almost $3.7 million recovered by law enforcement agents."

    Where did this money go, FBI pocket..?!
    cliffordcooley likes this.
  9. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 15,179   +4,127

    I think .037%. Or possibly as high as .37%. I just moved the decimal point around in my head. I didn't cheat by calling in IBM's "Watson". (Or even Window's calculator).

    You'll be asked to join a class action lawsuit, where you'll get back about a quarter. Provisionally of course, depending on how many people file claims.
  10. AudoBell

    AudoBell TS Rookie

    It's great to see our government law enforcement focus more on these fraudsters. They are vile and weak people.
  11. Steven Russum

    Steven Russum TS Rookie

    I just wish more tech-savvy people like you would take the time to teach these lazy criminals a lesson and do what you are doing. There are so many more smarter users out there that could literally leave these *******s without a system or a desktop to play on. Of course being caught by the law may be better, but most will exchange their worthless life or avatar for another.
    If every smart user would train 5 seniors it would help. If every tech nerd would beat it into his or her own family, from 8 to 80 years old, to never give out their username/password and to use two-point security it would help. Remember, only you can prevent scammers.

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