A collaborative law enforcement measure has disassembled an online mobile number spoofing service namely iSpoof and apprehended 142 scammers linked to the operation. Among the 142 individuals arrested, one person is the administrator of the official website, who was charged in the UK on 6th November 2022. The server and websites were henceforth charged and taken down two days later by the USA and Ukrainian agencies.
According to the National Police Corporation, the helpdesk fraud enabled registered subscribers on the online medium to disguise their phone numbers and make phone calls impersonating banks, government organizations, and retail organizations. The mobile service was anchored on servers in Almere.
The foremost purpose of the social engineering project was to deceive victims into disclosing sensitive financial or personal details, or transferring huge amounts of money for their financial gains. The Politie noted that by positioning a tap on the site servers, it was easier to obtain vital details about how the mobile service functioned. It further caused the arrests of two male suspects aged 22 and 19 in Almere.
The UK police stated their biggest-ever operation of counter-fraud had deranged an international criminal web and attacked hundreds of thousands of victims in the biggest global crackdown on spam phone calls. The UK police think that organised crime groups are associated with the website and its many users. The website allows users to use software to illegitimately get victims’ bank details and execute other frauds.
The Metropolitan Police lead the 18-month international probe into the proof.cc website, functioning with the FBI, Europol, and other reputed law enforcement agencies globally. UK police arrested 142 individuals in the biggest global crackdown on phone scammers, including one of the alleged administrators. The suspects were charged and detained in France, Ireland, Australia, and the Netherlands, while websites and servers were shut down in Ukraine and Netherlands.
The UK police stated that the suspects were able to get access to the website and make over 10 million from deceitful calls globally. Approximately 40 % of calls were made from the USA and over one-third of calls were made in the UK, targeting more than 2,00,000 probable targets there alone. Several reputed fraud agencies have registered over 48 million in losses in the UK alone. This is one of the biggest global crackdown cases on phone scammers until now.
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