Scotland Yard has dismantled an organization that defrauded elderly or non-tech-savvy people
The biggest phone scam in UK history involved over seventy thousand victims. The overall turnover was at least 60 million euros according to what has been ascertained by Scotland Yard, which has arrested more than 100 people. The victims of the maxi scam, which went on for about twenty months, were above all the elderly or people with little familiarity with technology.
Stolen access codes to current accounts
To carry out the scam and steal user data, the criminals used a site called iSpoof, now closed. Thanks to the site, the criminals managed to disguise their telephone number and impersonate employees of various banks such as Barclays, Santander, HSBC, Lloyds, Halifax, First Direct, NatWest, Nationwide.
Victims were warned of a fake hack and tricked into sharing their personal codes.
One victim lost three million pounds
At that point the criminals could steal money from the checking accounts of the victims.
On average the scam cost the victims ten thousand pounds, but in one case they were even stolen three million pounds.
The mastermind of the scam, according to the Scotland Yard police which operated together with other international police forces, was 34-year-old Londoner Teejai Fletcher, who will appear before the judges on December 6th.
The investigation was conducted by the British police
Blocked the iSpoof site
The decision to block the site iSpoofwhich thanks to a paid subscription allowed to hide the number of calls and messages, was taken to block other potential scams.
The Dutch police forces, who collaborated in the investigation after starting it, have made it known that the scammers will be prosecuted using the database held by the site.
The British police have instead announced that the more than 70,000 victims will be warned of the scam they have suffered. Communications that will be sent between Friday and Saturday.
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United Kingdom, the largest telephone scam: seventy thousand victims, 60 million euros stolen
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