Police arrested 74 suspects involved in an worldwide email scam bust.
"And local and state law enforcement partners on Federal Bureau of Investigation task forces across the country, with the assistance of multiple district attorney's offices, charged 15 alleged money mules for their roles in defrauding victims".
Today's statement also said that federal authorities seized almost $2.4 million and disrupted and recovered approximately $14 million in fraudulent wire transfers.
The arrests were the culmination of "Operation Wire Wire", a six-month campaign that involved the DOJ, the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Treasury, and the US Postal Inspection Service.
"This operation demonstrates the FBI's commitment to disrupt and dismantle criminal enterprises that target American citizens and their businesses", said FBI Director Christopher Wray.
In September 2016 and April 2017, the Omaha FBI office arrested two Nigerian subjects involved in fraud schemes in the US, and both remain in custody.
All told, 29 individuals were arrested in Nigeria, and three were apprehended in Canada, Mauritius and Poland.
In one case, the U.S. alleged that two Nigerians living in Dallas posed as a property seller when requesting a $246,000 wire transfer from a real estate attorney. The two are charged with laundering about $665,000, according to court records. One victim actually lost at least $440,000 from the email fraud.
The elderly are particularly vulnerable to such schemes, said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "These are malicious and morally repugnant crimes".
According to the Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), these BEC schemes have resulted in losses of over $3.7 billion - and this number is only from the cases that have been reported to the IC3.
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