INTERPOL raids hundreds of scammy call centers in sweep

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Jun 15, 2022 | CYBERSCOOP

A worldwide sweep of more than 1,770 call centers suspected of telecommunications and email scams resulted in the arrests of 2,000 suspected scammers money launderers, INTERPOL announced Wednesday.

The two-month operation, which involved 76 countries, also intercepted $50 million worth of stolen funds.

The crackdown took place between March and May and focused on “social engineering scams,” a type of fraud defined by a criminal using a deceptive story to trick victims into giving away personal information that can be used for financial gain.

Such scams can include posing as a potential employer or even a romantic interest, or a so-called “romance scam.” The operation, dubbed Operation First Light 2022, included the arrest of a ring of eight suspects connected to an online marking job scam where fraudsters connected victims via social media promising jobs.

Law enforcement also raided suspects involved with business mail compromise (BEC) scams, one of the most costly forms of scams hitting the United States. In BEC fraud, hackers pose as a legitimate company employees either through a fake or stolen account to order unauthorized money transfers.

INTERPOL investigators noticed some dark trends in

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