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Online scam: Interpol intercepted $130 million

A major operation led by Interpol led to the arrests of nearly a thousand suspects and seized $130 million in online fraud assets, the institution said on Thursday.

Voice phishing, love scams, “sextortion”, investment fraud, compromised work emails, money laundering related to illegal online gambling: Operation Haechi III lasted more than five months, from June 28 to November 23, in around thirty countries, explains in a press release Interpol, based in Lyon.

Overall, the operation resulted in the arrest of 975 people and the resolution of more than 1,600 cases. Nearly 2,800 custody accounts and virtual assets were frozen in connection with these financial crime cases.

The investigations launched under Haechi III led to the release of 95 Interpol reports and disseminations and helped identify new trends in online crime, particularly new variants of identity theft, love or investment fraud, or cases of “sextortion”. .

Investigators have also noticed a significant increase in fraud involving instant messaging applications promoting payment through cryptocurrency wallets.

In one of the investigations, two Koreans were arrested in Greece and Italy who were under red notices from Interpol and suspected of having embezzled 28 million euros from 2,000 victims thanks to a Ponzi scheme.

Austrian and Indian investigators have identified a group of cybercriminals posing as Interpol agents and persuading victims to transfer money through financial institutions, cryptocurrency platforms and dematerialized gift cards.

This article was published automatically. Sources: ats/afp

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