Twelve Arrested in Crackdown on Phishing

I see my friends at the NHTCU have been busy this week..Well done all!

The National Hi-Tech Crime Unit has arrested twelve eastern European nationals who are suspected of laundering funds obtained from the victims through "phishing" e-mails that trick users into revealing their bank account details.

The 12, from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia and the Ukraine, were arrested at addresses in London and Kent, where computers, passports, cheque books and bank cards, money and crack cocaine were seized.

Fraudsters using phishing scams are generally based outside the UK and, because they are unable to transfer money directly out of their victims' online account overseas, they need UK intermediaries.

Computer Weekly


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