E-mail Scam: US law enforcement officers arrest 281 suspects worldwide

US investigators have arrested a total of 281 people in connection with scamming (Internet fraud) with law enforcement agencies from various countries around the world.

Specifically, the four-month "Operation reWired", led by US Department of Justice and FBI, targeted Business Email Compromise (BEC). So e-mail scams in which scammers target companies or their employees in order to induce them under false pretenses to wire transfers ("wire transfers"). For example, they compromise professional e-mail accounts or falsify e-mail senders and pretend to be foreign business partners or employees of other departments.

As the US Department of Justice announced, 74 suspected BEC fraudsters were arrested in reWired in the US alone. Most suspects – 167 – were arrested in Nigeria. It was 18 in Turkey and 15 in Ghana; In addition, individuals were arrested in France, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia and the UK. The investigators seized a total of $ 3.7 million.

The recent reWired operation was preceded last year by the BEC-targeted Operation Wire Wire. At the time were according to US Department of Justice a total of 74 people were arrested, $ 2.4 million confiscated, and approximately 14 million bank transfers "frozen" and returned to their rightful owners.

The US Department of Justice calls on BEC victims from all over the world to complain online to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3)to be able to reconstruct and assign transactions in the course of the investigation.

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