UK’s biggest fraud campaign pulls out the phone bank scam that swindled millions of victims |  British news

UK’s biggest fraud campaign pulls out the phone bank scam that swindled millions of victims | British news

The UK’s biggest ever fraud has brought down a phone number spoofing site used by criminals to swindle thousands of victims out of millions of pounds.

Members of UK law enforcement were part of a global operation to take down ispoof.cc, a website described by police as an online fraud shop.

They collaborated with the Dutch police who managed to tap into the website’s servers in the Netherlands to secretly listen to phone calls.

At one point, as many as 20 people a minute were being attacked by callers using technology bought from the site, which was reported to have made more than £3 million in profits.

Criminals used the site to buy technology that would allow them to mask their phone number, after finding out about it through advertisements on Telegram channels.

This allowed them to trick victims into thinking their bank was contacting them and persuade them to provide personal details that would allow the fraudsters to steal money.

One victim lost £3 million, with an average loss of £10,000 among the 4,785 people who reported being targeted by asset fraud.

About 200,000 victims around the world

There are thought to be many more potential victims – about 200,000 worldwide, with a high percentage of calls in the UK and US.

Of the 10 million fraudulent calls, 40% were in the US, 35% in the UK, and the rest were scattered across other countries.

So far, 120 arrests have been made, with 103 in London and 17 outside the capital.

This includes alleged site manager Teejay Fletcher, 35, who was arrested in East London earlier this month and faces criminal charges.

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Police said Fletcher, who is reportedly a member of an organized crime group, led a “lavish” lifestyle.

On Thursday and Friday, around 70,000 UK phone numbers were called by criminals who used the site, warned by the metropolitan police via text and asked to contact the police.

However, if a text message comes after that time, it is not from the police.

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Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said the number of potential British casualties was “extraordinary”.

Founded in December 2020, Ispoof had 59,000 users at its peak, allowing them to pay for the criminal software with Bitcoin, with fees ranging from £150 to £5,000 per month.

British police began investigating the site in June 2021.

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