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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 crackdown , which resulted in the seizure of nearly .7 million and arrests spanning 10 different countries, is a sign of the federal government's The greatest number of arrests took place in Nigeria, where 167 people were apprehended. Another 74 people were arrested in the United States, 18 in

Arrests included 167 alleged scammers in Nigeria, 74 in the US, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana, the DOJ said. The other arrests were scattered across Europe Other scams involved identity theft and fraudulent tax returns. Many of the victims were elderly individuals, but businesses were also targeted.

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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Some 281 people were arrested following a global crackdown against email fraud syndicates through a method known as Business Email Compromise (BEC). The United States Department of Justice said of the 281 arrests , 167 were in Nigeria, 74 in the US, 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana.

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.

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More than 280 alleged email scammers have been arrested in a global effort to crack down on the problem. The FBI said the cybercriminals tricked The FBI began working with overseas investigators in May 2019, leading to the arrest of 281 suspects. So far, around .7 million has been recovered, a

Scam sites have been abusing a little-known feature on Google Maps to redirect users to dodgy websites. This according to security company Sophos, who says a number of shady pages are being peddled to users via obfuscated 281 Alleged Email Scammers Arrested In Massive Global Sweep.

“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.

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