SIM Swapping, Crypto Theft, and Sentencing in the United States

As you know from the title of my blog, "CyberCrime & Doing Time," I'm very interested in cybercrime and the criminal justice system. This week I've been looking at SIM Swapping cases and wanted to share what I learned from reading the sentencing memos sentencing transcript for Ricky Handschumacher. Ricky ... Read More
The new DOJ Law Enforcement Crypto Reports (TL;DR)

The new DOJ Law Enforcement Crypto Reports (TL;DR)

| | Bitcoin, crypto currency, DOJ, FBI, NFTs, USSS
TL;DR? Good news!  I read them for you!  On 15SEP2022, the Department of Justice released their report "The Role of Law Enforcement in Detecting, Investigating, and Prosecuting Criminal Activity Related to Digital Assets" (66 pages).  The first of the nine reports ordered by President Biden's Executive Order 14067 "Ensuring Responsible Development ... Read More
Chidozie Collins Obasi - COVID Fraud & Work at Home Scams

Chidozie Collins Obasi – COVID Fraud & Work at Home Scams

| | bec, COVID Fraud, COVID-19, nigeria
On September 9, 2022, the FBI's Philadelphia office asked for help locating Chidozie Collins Obasi.  OBASI is charged with being part of a conspiracy to steal more than $30 Million related to COVID Fraud out of New York.  How did the scam work? Much of it goes back to a ... Read More
Three UK-based Nigerian BEC Scammers Used Construction Intelligence Service to Target Victims

Three UK-based Nigerian BEC Scammers Used Construction Intelligence Service to Target Victims

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 On 10AUG2022 three Nigerians were extradited from the UK to the US to face charges related to their roles in conducting Business Email Compromise (BEC) attacks against a number of US-based businesses.43-year old Oludayo Kolawole John Adeagbo, 40-year old Donald Ikenna Echeazu, and 42-year old Olabanji Egbinola were brought to ... Read More
Please stop calling all Crypto Scams "Pig Butchering!"

Please stop calling all Crypto Scams "Pig Butchering!"

 Lately there has been a media-driven craze in the fraud community to call every crypto-investment scam "Pig Butchering."  I hope you will join me in canceling that term after you read this article.The term "Pig Butchering" comes from the Chinese term 杀猪盘 (Shā zhū pán or "butchering plate.") While the term ... Read More
Nigerian Money Transfer Company Linked to Romance Scam Money Laundering

Nigerian Money Transfer Company Linked to Romance Scam Money Laundering

On July 7, 2022, the US Attorney for the Northern District of Texas announced that Ping Express had been found guilty. Prior to this, their CEO Anslem Oshionebo*, their COO Opeyemi Odeyale (now imprisoned at the Danbury Federal Correctional Institute, 60177-177), their IT Manager Aleoghena Okhumale (now imprisoned at the ... Read More
That Job Your Co-Worker Emailed You About?  Yeah ... No.

That Job Your Co-Worker Emailed You About? Yeah … No.

My niece, Anna, is a school teacher in the Birmingham Public School system. Another teacher in the system got phished and the phisher sent an email to a bunch of other teachers, offering them a summer job as an administrative assistant, earning $500 weekly for working only 8 hours.  Tempting?   ... Read More
CISA Call with Critical Infrastructure Partners on Potential Russian Cyberattacks Against the U.S.

Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine and CISA/FBI’s New Era of Transparency

BLUF: Bottom Line Up FrontI want to start this post with the most important thing right up top:The CISA.gov/Shields-Up page starts with this statement.  PLEASE take it seriously, and escalate to your top management:"Russia’s invasion of Ukraine could impact organizations both within and beyond the region, to include malicious cyber activity against ... Read More
BEC Still #1, but Investment Fraud passes Romance Scams

BEC Still #1, but Investment Fraud passes Romance Scams

https://www.ic3.gov/Media/PDF/AnnualReport/2021_IC3Report.pdfThe FBI's Internet Crime Complaint Center (ic3.gov) has released their 2021 Internet Crime Report.The number of complaints increased by 7% to 847,376 from 2020 to 2021, however the reported losses increased by 64% year over year to $6.9 Billion!For several years, the #1 Cybercrime type has been Business Email Compromise ... Read More
Chinese Call Center "Runner" Pleads Guilty in Georgia

Chinese Call Center "Runner" Pleads Guilty in Georgia

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This week the Department of Justice received a guilty plea from Jianjie Liu, a Chinese citizen living in Texas. https://www.justice.gov/usao-ndga/pr/chinese-national-pleads-guilty-money-laundering-schemeIn Call Center Frauds, there are many roles to be played.  One of these roles is often referred to as "Runner." When people in other countries are the ones running the phones ... Read More