Recently, the authorities of ten countries have organized one business for finding and catching corporate-targeted fraudsters emails, cheat employees and steal money. The business is known by the name Operation rewired and over the last four months it has succeeded 281 arrests.
Authorities have seized about $ 3,7 million from the fraudster and recovered about $ 118 million, which had been transferred to third-party accounts through fraud.
More than half of the arrests (167) were made on Νιγηρία. According information, 105 from 167 arrests took place in the Port Harcourt area, southern Nigeria.
The rest of the suspects were found in 9 different countries.
The Ministry of Justice reported 74 arrests on USA, 18 at Turkey and 15 at Γκάνα. The other countries where the suspects were found are ItalyThe FranceThe JapanThe KenyaThe Μαλαισία and United Kingdom.
All the suspects arrested were dealing with a particular type of fraud. The infringement e-mail. They mainly targeted corporate emails. In this scam, the hackers violate the account of a senior (usually) executive of one company and email employees or associates asking for payments or large sums of money to their accounts.
This type of attack has evolved a lot lately and is one one of the most successful and profitable scams.
A report by him FBI showed that US companies lost more than $ 1,3 billion to 2018 because of this fraud.
The FBI also published another report, according to which companies and users around the world lost more than $ 26 billion from 2016 June to 2019 July.
These numbers have mobilized authorities in America and around the world to take measures to counter attacks. Since January at 2018 American services they were looking for the scammers hiding behind these scams.
The first arrests were made in June at 2018. Authorities were able to arrest 74 suspects, seize about 2,4 million dollars and recover 14 million dollars illegally transferred.
Recently in August on 2019, have been charged other 80 people, most of whom were Nigerian nationals.
According to the Ministry of Justice, some of the suspects were not only stealing money. They got it access to corporate emails to steal personal information and financial documents, which they used for other scams. The 281 suspects had stolen more than 250.000 IDs and made more than 10.000 tax returns. Their goal was to receive 91 million in tax refunds.