Gardaí arrest six people and help take down lucrative international cybercrime website iSpoof.cc

International law enforcement agencies, including An Garda Síochána, have taken down a major website used by international criminals to scam €115 million from people around the world.

The iSpoof.cc website was a sophisticated website that allowed criminals to engage in cybercrime by making millions of phone calls impersonating trusted companies or contacts to access victims’ confidential information.

This server and website are believed to be used by criminals to commit this type of scam across the world including people in Ireland targeting Irish residents.

An Garda Síochána, who arrested six people here, has joined forces with other police forces across Europe, Australia, the United States, Ukraine and Canada in a global criminal investigation to shut down the site.

The investigations revealed that the site may have been used by 21,000 users worldwide, all of whom are suspected of being involved in fraudulent activities using fake phone numbers.

In the 12 months to August 2022, around 10 million fraudulent calls were made via iSpoof worldwide.

The removal operation was led by the London Metropolitan Police.

On November 8, the website and server were seized and taken offline by US and Ukrainian authorities.

The website has now been replaced with a “splash screen video”.

In support of this international operation, the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB), supported by the Garda National Cyber ​​Crime Bureau (GNCCB) and local resources from Divisions in Dublin, Meath and Louth, coordinated activities on November 8th and 9th in Ireland, leading to 17 searches in Dublin, Meath and Louth; six arrests, including the execution of 14 arrest warrants; 132 confiscated electronic devices; 64 suspicious bank accounts identified and additional evidence seized.

This operation focused on the users of the site, a site designed to allow people to make phone calls and/or send SMS or text messages from “fake” numbers that appear to come from real phone numbers such as bank fraud numbers or government departments, police organizations, Corporate organizations or delivery companies and more.

The prosecuting authorities estimate the worldwide damage to the victims at over 115 million euros.

Referring to An Garda Síochána’s involvement in this global law enforcement operation, Deputy Commissioner Paul Cleary of the Organized and Serious Crime Unit said that we are all aware of the proliferation of “spoof” and fraudulent phone calls over the past few months.

“An Garda Síochána, in collaboration with our international law enforcement partners, helps target and denigrate the activities of organized crime groups.

“Activities earlier this month mark the start of a significant investigation being led by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau which will bring those involved in these criminal activities in that jurisdiction before the courts here in Ireland,” he said.

“This was an evidentiary phase of the operation in Ireland and the investigation is ongoing,” he added.

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