SBU exposes network of underground call-centers
In the city of Vinnytsia, SBU cyber specialists blocked fraud scheme. The offenders stole citizens’ funds providing virtual "brokerage services". The monthly turnover of illegal business amounted to over UAH 7 m. (USD 250,000).
The SBU established that almost 100 people are involved in the scheme. The illegal business was operating for six months.
Allegedly, a resident of the regional center set up three underground call centers. The operators used IP telephony to search for clients. They registered victims on fictitious brokerage Internet platforms who, as a result, transferred their money to specially created electronic accounts. Afterwards, the offenders via the affiliated companies moved citizens' money out and converted it into cash.
During the searches of the offenders’ offices, law enforcement found over 200 units of computer and telecommunications equipment, as well as documentation proving illegal activities.
Investigative and operational actions are currently underway within the criminal proceedings to bring to justice those involved in the illegal scheme.
The operation was carried out under the supervision of the Prosecutor General’s Office.