The creator of iSpoof phone number spoofing service was sentenced to imprisonment
The fraudulent platform contributed 2 million pounds and 13 years in prison to the life of a cybercriminal.
In November 2022, a special operation was carried out in several countries to eliminate the iSpoof cybercriminal service, which made it possible to replace the caller’s phone number when making an outgoing call. With the help of this service, fraudsters massively deceived people, posing as representatives of banks and other organizations.
The iSpoof site operated in the public domain and attracted customers with the promise of anonymity and the ability to show any number on the screen of the called subscriber. Users of the service paid for minutes of conversation in bitcoins, and the site even featured a commercial that demonstrated how easy it is to deceive a person on the phone.
However, the anonymity of iSpoof users turned out to be illusory. More than 50 thousand users of the service have been identified by law enforcement agencies, and about 200 people, only in the UK, have been arrested for real fraud using the service.
According to the police, about 10 million fraudulent calls worldwide were made through iSpoof in a year, about 3.5 million of them in the UK. And the damage only to the share of British calls amounted to 48 million pounds (4.7 billion rubles).
The main creator and owner of the site iSpoof, 35-year-old TJ Fletcher from London, pleaded guilty to facilitating fraud and money laundering. He led a luxurious lifestyle, owned expensive cars and traveled frequently. According to police estimates, he earned about 1.9 million pounds (189 million rubles) on his service. Last week he was sentenced n to 13 years and 4 months in prison.
The police are urging citizens to be vigilant and not trust the phone number on the screen of their device. If you receive a call from a representative of a bank or other organization that asks for personal or financial information, it is best to call back yourself at the official number. Also, you should never reveal your passwords, pin codes, or confirmation codes to anyone during a telephone conversation.