The FBI and federal partners today announced scores of arrests in the
United States and overseas in a coordinated law enforcement sweep
targeting perpetrators of an insidious scam that tricks businesses and
individuals into wiring money to criminals.
Operation reWired, a
months-long, multi-agency effort to disrupt and dismantle international
business email compromise (BEC) schemes, resulted in 281 arrests,
including 74 in the United States, officials announced. Arrests were
also made in Nigeria, Turkey, Ghana, France, Italy, Japan, Kenya,
Malaysia, and the United Kingdom. The sweep resulted in the seizure of
nearly $3.7 million and the disruption and recovery of approximately
$118 million in fraudulent wire transfers.