iSpoof Phone Spoofing Service - UK Police Nab 142 Individuals Linked
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UK police nabbed 142 individuals linked with iSpoof, a phone spoofing service. According to ” Europol, the fraudulent websites ispoof[.]me and ispoof[.]cc, allowed the crooks to pose as trusted corporations or contacts to access sensitive information from victims.

The Metropolitan Police stated worldwide losses exceeded €115 million ($ 119.8 million), with as many as 200,000 potential victims directly targeted via iSpoof in the U.K. 

In November 2022, 142 people were arrested, including the administrator of the website. The site and its server were taken offline by Ukrainian and U.S. agencies two days later.

The National Police Corps released a statement identifying the helpdesk fraud that helped subscribers on the online portal make calls impersonating banks, retail companies, and government entities. The service was hosted in the Dutch city of Almere.iSpoof Phone Spoofing Service - UK Police Nab 142 Individuals Linked_1

A social engineering scheme is designed to trick victims into revealing personal or financial information or transferring large amounts of money from vulnerable people.

The Politie said that by placing a tap on the website servers, it was able to get valuable information about how the service worked. This led to the arrests of two male suspects, aged 19 and 22, in Almere.

The iSpoof website, which was created in December 2020, has an estimated 59,000 users. It began an investigation into criminal activity in June 2021 under the name Operation Elaborate.

Law enforcement and judicial authorities from Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Ukraine, the U.K., and the U.S. were involved in this effort to protect people from illegal activity.

Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley said, “The Metropolitan Police has been particularly successful in their crusade against fraudsters around the world,” says Commissioner Sir Mark Rowley.”

He further added, “by taking away the tools and systems that have enabled them to cheat so many people, this operation shows how determined we are to target corrupt individuals intent on exploiting often vulnerable people.”

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