FBI’s BEC Crackdown Leads To 74 Arrests Globally

June 13, 2018

The FBI announced Monday the results of a major crackdown on scammers behind business email compromise (BEC) campaigns that resulted in 74 arrests and the retrieval of millions of dollars.

Several U.S. federal authorities and police from other countries were involved in Operation WireWire, a six-month sweeping investigation that lead to arrests of suspected scammers in the U.S. and overseas. It said 42 arrested were located in the U.S., 29 in Nigeria and three in Canada, Mauritius, and Poland.

The operation also resulted in the seizure of nearly $2.4 million and the recovery of about $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers, said the FBI.

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