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£3.2 Million Crypto Scam Dismantled by UK Cyber Crime Unit – Over 100 Arrests Made in ‘Biggest Ever Fraud Operation’

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The UK’s Metropolitan Police has taken down an international crypto scam ring in what it describes as the largest ever fraud operation led by the force.

More than 200,000 potential victims in the UK alone have been directly targeted through the iSpoof fraud website and contacted by scammers hiding behind false identities, the Met said in a statement.

The involved scammers posed as representatives of a number of major banks, including Barclays, Santander, HSBC, Lloyds, Halifax, First Direct, Natwest, Nationwide, and TSB.“Scotland Yard’s Cyber Crime Unit worked with international law enforcement, including the National Crime Agency and authorities in the US and Ukraine, to dismantle the website this week,” according to the statement. “This was a crucial phase in a world-wide operation, which has been running out of the public eye since June 2021, targeting a suspected organised crime group.”Cyber criminals used iSpoof to appear as if they were calling their victims from banks, tax offices and other institutions as they attempted to defraud them.The scam’s victims are believed to have lost tens of millions of pounds, and the criminals behind the site earned close to £3.2 million ($3.9 million) in one 20-month period, according to data released by the British police.“Losses reported to Action Fraud as a result of the calls and texts via iSpoof is around £48 million.

Because fraud is vastly underreported, the full amount is believed to be much higher,” the statement said.The Met’s Cyber and Economic Crime Units co-coordinated the effort with the National Crime Agency, Europol, Eurojust, the Dutch authorities, and the U.S.

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