Lauded Nigerian Entrepreneur may be a BEC Yahoo Boy

Lauded Nigerian Entrepreneur may be a BEC Yahoo Boy

Obinwanne Okeke: The EntrepreneurObinwanne Okeke, 31 year old CEO and Founder of Invictus Group, is frequently lauded as a success story. At age 28, Forbes Africa featured him in their June 2016 issue under the title "Africa's Most Promising Entrepreneurs: Forbes Africa's 30 Under 30 for 2016".Although the 30 are ... Read More
FinCEN: BEC far worse than previously believed

FinCEN: BEC far worse than previously believed

Last week FinCEN, the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, put out a new advisory with information about Business Email Compromise and it is far worse than has been previously disclosed.FinCEN Advisory: FIN-2019-A005The FBI's Internet Crimes Complaint Center (IC3.gov) has previously called BEC a $12 Billion Scam. As we shared in April ... Read More
SMS Phish?  Amazon Reward!

SMS Phish? Amazon Reward!

Are you getting text messages about winning prizes at Amazon?I got one today with the following text from a VOIP-to-SMS number: 1 (410) 200-910The text was: "FRM: You have a New Amazon Reward! MSG: http://dmkr3h.com/njngyw"I threw up a Virtual Machine to check the destination, and got a meaningless echo of ... Read More

The Next Miami Operation WireWire Case: Alfredo Veloso

In June of 2018, we blogged about a series of cases that the Department of Justice announced as "Operation: WireWire." In particular, we wrote three pieces about the "South Florida Cases" where a Lebanese recruiter convinced people to set up shell companies, open bank accounts, and receive large wire transfers ... Read More
IC3.gov: BEC Compromises and Romance Fraud 2018

IC3.gov: BEC Compromises and Romance Fraud 2018

The Internet Crime & Complaint Center, IC3.gov, publishes annual statistics about the crimes which have been reported to them during the previous calendar year. The full report offers insights and analysis into current trends in cybercrime. While it is widely acknowledged that cybercrime is dramatically under-reported, there are still some ... Read More
Twitter Mystery Followers: ? GarBot ?

Twitter Mystery Followers: ? GarBot ?

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I'm one of those people who tends to review the people who are following me on Twitter and to block a great number of them. Why? Because many of them aren't real people!Here are a few examples:@JuliettemaskerJuliette only has one tweet and it says "Just setting up my Twitter. #myfirstTweet"Gosh, ... Read More
Dissect Cyber wins major DHS S&T Award for their BEC Work

Dissect Cyber wins major DHS S&T Award for their BEC Work

Congratulations to our great friends at Dissect Cyber for receiving the DHS S&T Global Award for their work on BEC scams!The FBI has been warning companies for several years now of the growing prominence of Business Email Compromise (BEC) scams as being one of the top forms of cyber crime ... Read More
FTC shutters four Robocalling services that made billions of calls in 2018

FTC shutters four Robocalling services that made billions of calls in 2018

The Federal Trade Commission announced settlements this week that could result in many fewer of those annoying Robocalls we've all been receiving. Who did they sanction and what were those companies doing?NetDotSolutions (James Christiano)James Christiano ran a company that provided and operated softwarea called "TelWeb," a call spamming platform. His ... Read More
Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing: What is FATF?

Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorist Financing: What is FATF?

Many cybercrime investigators seem narrowly focused on the bits and bytes of the crimes they investigate while not truly understanding or interacting with those who focus on where the money goes. As we've been expanding our horizons, I've learned quite a bit and wanted to share some resources for others ... Read More
Facebook Lotteries to Avoid - with help from AA419

Facebook Lotteries to Avoid – with help from AA419

This morning I received a tip from one of the top West African fraud experts in the world, Derek Smythe from AA419. Derek and his team had been in communication with several victims of a "Poker Lottery" scam and had documented a set of linked domains.PokersLottery[.]me websiteThe home page of ... Read More
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