The National Police of Ukraine (NPU) carried out an operation against a network of call centers that supported a cybercrime group focused on financial and cryptocurrency scams. The fraudsters behind these illegal call centers were also allegedly involved in scamming citizens of Ukraine and European Union countries interested in cryptocurrency, securities, gold, and oil investments. The group would spoof phone numbers of state banking organizations to trick individuals into believing they were speaking with legitimate crypto brokers. The attackers also used contact information belonging to previous victims of other cryptocurrency scammers to deceive them that they could help them recover their stolen funds for a “commission.” Ukrainian law enforcement officers confirmed these illegal activities following authorized searches at the location of multiple “call centers” linked to this cybercrime operation and the seizure of computer equipment, mobile phones, and data records. Those linked to this fraud scheme are investigated for being part of an organized criminal group, fraud, and using malicious software, and are facing up to 12 years in prison
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