The American authorities have arrested 33 fraudsters from the Black Ax criminal group, suspected of a BEC scam. The arrests took place last week, and law enforcement officials say the detainees were part of an international crime syndicate with roots in Nigeria.
BEC scam, from the English Business Email Compromise, is a classic fraudulent scheme in which attackers start correspondence with a company employee, seek to gain its trust and convince it to perform actions that harm the interests of the company or its customers (as a rule, transfer money to an account a partner company that the criminals themselves disguise as).
Often, hacked accounts of other employees are visually similar to the official addresses of companies, but differ by a few characters.
The Black Ax group is believed to have been active since at least January 2017 and has been involved in a wide range of fraudulent attacks, including BEC scams, investment scams, and unemployment insurance scams. In addition, the suspects were involved in romance scams by “working” on dating sites such as Match.com, ChistianMingle, JSwipe and Plenty of Fish.
Gradually NBM developed into a secret society and cult, and then spread throughout Africa and other countries. If NBM once set itself the goal of combating racism, then later NBM, like many other Nigerian fraternities, began to engage in criminal activities.
According to Interpol, these days NBM is associated with prostitution, human trafficking, drug trafficking, large-scale theft, money laundering and cybercrimes (mostly BEC scams). At the same time, Black Ax is just another name that is used to cover some of NBM’s operations.
Let me remind you that we also wrote that Scammers stole $ 2.3 million from the authorities of a small American city.
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