security Service of Ukraine (SSU) experts have taken down an illegitimate network of call centers located in Lviv. Scammers used the centralized offices to steal money from foreigners who thought they were investing in cryptocurrency.
How Did the scam Work?
The perpetrators behind this operation used covert channels of IP telephony to get in touch with customers. According to the specialists, the fraudulent scheme deceived thousands of foreign investors.
An investigation on the incident showed that several Ukraine-based individuals equipped six illicit call centers in rented workplaces and apartments. The foreigners were told they would invest money in crypto and stocks.
The victims transferred money to offenders’ bank cards and cryptowallets with further conversion into non-observed sector of economy.
During the searches, law enforcement officers confiscated over 100 items of computer equipment with headsets, mobile phones, and routers. They also found fake accounting documentation containing the victim’s bank information and other files with proof of illegal activities.
As per the SSU press release, the investigation is in progress to prosecute those who are involved in illegal activity.
The operation was conducted by the SSU Main Office in the Lviv region jointly with the SSU Department of CI Protection of