Strike against British phone scammers: 120 arrests – Germany and worldwide

British police have arrested around 120 people in the biggest attack on phone scammers to date. Thousands of victims were scammed out of millions of euros using technology sold by the gang to a 35-year-old man on the dark web and through the Telegram short message service, London’s Metropolitan Police said on Thursday. A website that generated profits of around 3.7 million euros in a little less than a year and a half has been closed.

The gang reportedly sold technology that allowed criminals to make fake calls, send recorded messages, and intercept one-time passwords. The users posed as banks, retail companies and government agencies, among others, according to Europol. Security authorities from Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada had reportedly worked together on the case. There were a total of 142 arrests. According to information, more than ten million fraudulent calls were made worldwide, the damage amounted to around 115 million euros, 49 million of them in Great Britain alone.

There were 200,000 potential victims there, London police said. At one point, more than 20 people were being called per minute. Many people gave away bank details that criminals could use to steal money. One victim was swindled out of three million pounds (almost 3.5 million euros), the reported average damage was 10,000 pounds.

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