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Technology281 alleged email scammers arrested in global crackdown

09:00  11 september  2019
09:00  11 september  2019 Source:   foxnews.com

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The operation follows a 2018 email scam enforcement operation known as Wire Wire, in which 74 suspects were arrested around the world. But through international collaboration, law enforcement agencies have increasingly been able to make email scam -related arrests .

Operation reWired: 167 suspects arrested in Nigeria, 74 in the US.

The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.

281 alleged email scammers arrested in global crackdown© Getty The Department of Justice today announced the arrest of 281 suspects in connection with email scams and wire transfer fraud.

The crackdown, which resulted in the seizure of nearly $3.7 million and arrests spanning 10 different countries, is a sign of the federal government's urgency around this ever-shifting threat. Of those arrested, 74 reside in the United States.

“The Department of Justice has increased efforts in taking aggressive enforcement action against fraudsters who are targeting American citizens and their businesses in business email compromise schemes and other cyber-enabled financial crimes,” said Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen in a statement.

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281 people were arrested over a four-month period in the U.S. and in countries around the world as part of Operation reWired, a coordinated effort Operation reWired is "a significant coordinated effort to disrupt Business Email Compromise (BEC) schemes that are designed to intercept and hijack wire

The US has arrested 74 people including nearly 30 in Nigeria, as part of an effort to combat email scam The effort, which involved local and federal law enforcement agencies, targeted scammers who In one case, the US alleged that two Nigerians living in Dallas posed as a property seller when

According to the Justice Department, investigators began targeting peole involved in this scam in May with Operation reWired, and discovered that conspirators stole more than 250,000 identities and filed more than 10,000 fraudulent tax returns in an attempt to receive more than $91 million in refunds.

These so-called Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams are related to and often done along with other types of fraud like romance scams, rental scams, lottery scams, employement opportunities scams, investigators said.

With employment scammers, victims will often be tricked into submitting their personally identifying information to bogus job listings, get "hired" for work-from-home roles, get overpaid for that work, and then get asked to wire back the overage before the initial payment goes through.

Justice Department indicts 80 individuals in massive business email scam bust

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The US has arrested 74 people including nearly 30 in Nigeria, as part of an effort to combat email scam The effort, which involved local and federal law enforcement agencies, targeted scammers who In one case, the US alleged that two Nigerians living in Dallas posed as a property seller when

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“The FBI is working every day to disrupt and dismantle the criminal enterprises that target our businesses and our citizens,” said FBI Director Christopher A. Wray in a statement. “Through Operation reWired, 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.

Email scams have become ubiquitous. The FBI reported this week that between June 2016 and July 2019 there were more than 166,000 domestic and international reports of email fraud resulting in more than $26 billion in losses.

Hundreds of alleged email scammers arrested in global crackdown.
The fraudsters targeted the elderly, real estate buyers and those looking for a job.

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