Mumbai, India – police have captured a gang who made off with at least $7.5 million from U.S. victims who thought they were calling from the IRS. Acting on a tip from a disgruntled employee, police arrested 700 people from a call center in the city of Thane, India where they seized hundreds of servers, hard disks, laptops and other equipment as well as documentation of the fraud.
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It is thought that operatives in the U.S. supplied personal data of the victims to the criminals via the dark web. Callers were coached in speaking with a U.S. accent and supplied with a six page script to try to convince the victim that they owed back taxes or fines. Payment was to be made via pre-paid cash cards. Authorities in the U.S. are seeking additional persons. This was by far the most popular fraud in 2015.
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