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Offbeat FBI says 74 arrested in global crackdown on email fraud

20:35  12 june  2018
20:35  12 june  2018 Source:   reuters.com

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NEW YORK, June 12 — US authorities said yesterday that 74 people had been arrested in a global crackdown on email fraud scams, in which criminals have attempted to steal Of those arrested , 42 were in the United States, 29 in Nigeria, and the others in Canada, Mauritius, and Poland, the FBI said .

The US has arrested 74 people including nearly 30 in Nigeria, as part of an effort to combat email scam artists. It said the arrests reflect a coordinated crackdown The FBI said people have reported losing more than .7bn since it started tracking the issue through its Internet Crime Complaint Center.

The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C. © Bonnie Jo Mount/The Washington Post/Getty Images The J. Edgar Hoover FBI Building in Washington, D.C. U.S. authorities said on Monday that 74 people had been arrested in a global crackdown on email fraud scams, in which criminals have attempted to steal billions of dollars from businesses and individuals.

The cases involve a growing type of fraud known as "business email compromise" that targets employees with access to corporate finances.

The fraudsters send emails that appear to be from trusted corporate executives or vendors, which instruct targeted employees to wire funds to accounts controlled by criminals.

The same groups also ran similar scams targeting individuals, including real-estate buyers and the elderly, the bureau said.

Nearly $2.4 million was seized in the six-month operation dubbed "Operation Wire Wire" and about $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers was recovered, according to the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Of those arrested, 42 were in the United States, 29 in Nigeria, and the others in Canada, Mauritius, and Poland, the FBI said. (Reporting by Angela Moon in New York and Sarah N. Lynch in Washington DC, editing Jim Finkle and Rosalba O'Brien)

Police: Thief tried paying waitress with her own stolen card .
Authorities say an Arkansas thief got his just deserts when he tried to pay for a meal using the waitress' stolen credit card. Police spokesman Lt. David De Foor said in a news release that officers arrested 21-year-old Shamon West on Tuesday at Shannon's Restaurant in Pine Bluff. He says that "having no desire to pay for the fellow's meal," waitress Flora Lunsford called to report that the man had tried paying for his meal with her stolen credit card.

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