Sent a long email in broken English telling him that I'm the second cousin of the wife of the chief of police and that if he sends me 100 BTC, I will make sure the CoP knows that he's innocent.
Interpol and cops in Africa have arrested a Nigerian man suspected of running a multi-continent cybercrime ring that specialized in phishing emails targeting businesses. His alleged operation was responsible for so-called business email compromise (BEC), a mix of fraud and social engineering in which staff at targeted …
Thursday 26th May 2022 18:30 GMT steelpillow
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Monday 30th May 2022 00:46 GMT An_Old_Dog
The Devil is in the Details
Pulling off wide-ranging scams like these require effective management of tons of details. I'm surprised nobody's written a fraud-details management software package, with suitable encryption and emergency SSD-self-destruct hardware for when the perps are cuffed and their special BLE or RFID ring is moved more than x feet away from the computer.
The people who got rich during the Gold Rush years often were not the prospectors, but often were the merchants who sold them picks, shovels, and wagons.
Of course, when the plods come for the perps, they already have evidence from third-party companies (corporate registrations, banks, domain registrars, phone companies, ISPs, etc.), and the perp's detail-laden laptop is just icing on the cake, but the perps might not think of that and buy the software anyway.