Security News > 2022 > November > Interpol Seized $130 Million from Cybercriminals in Global "HAECHI-III" Crackdown Operation
Interpol on Thursday announced the seizure of $130 million worth of virtual assets in connection with a global crackdown on cyber-enabled financial crimes and money laundering.
Another instance pertained to a call center scam based out of India, wherein a group of criminals impersonated Interpol and Europol officers to trick victims in Austria into transferring funds.
The illegal activity informed the victims that their "Identities were stolen and crime pertaining to narcotics drugs were committed in their names," forcing them to make a money transfer.
"In order to clear themselves of this suspicion, the victims were compelled to transfer their assets/money to a trust account through bank transfers, crypto wallets, gift card codes, or voucher codes," the Indian Central Bureau of Investigation disclosed last month.
Interpol noted that the call center scam led victims to transfer a total of $159,000 and that four cryptocurrency wallets used by the scamsters were seized.
Operation HAECHI-III also comes exactly a year after Interpol publicized the arrests of more than 1,000 cyber criminals and the recovery of $27 million as part of HAECHI-II..