the money flow of the scammer´s industy

The money flow in the scammers´ industry!

The professionalism of today’s cybercriminal organizations (in short: the scammers’ industry) correspond to the professionalism and procedures of legitimate big international corporations. Technology, development activities, human resources, accounting, finance, marketing, legal departments are carried out by different departments independently under the professional leadership of the management people hired by criminals.

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ESG criteria

What about the S and the G in ESG?

It became a modern trend in the financial sector that each organization likes to provide sophisticated wordings about the importance of sustainable finance and the application of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) criteria in their day-to-day business and asset allocation. Above all big banks and financial institutions heavily publish about

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HSBC cybercrime

HSBC – a dirty bank as an accomplice of big style cybercrime!

EFRI, an association based in Vienna, Austria, set up in spring 2020, by now represents more than 1,052 European consumers who were defrauded by cybercriminals. As of writing the victims lost over EUR 59.2 million in the form of investment scams also referred to as boiler room scams. HSBC, one

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EU countries with serious ML issues

EU countries with serious ML issues!

Today, EFRI represents 876 mainly European victims who lost their life savings of more than EUR 45.9 million to boiler room scammers. Fraud victims transferred EUR 45.9 million to beneficial owners of fraudulent websites through various European banks/financial service providers. Our updated Follow the Money evaluation (downloadable here) and our studies of the

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Bulgaria - a money-laundering hub

BULGARIA – An EU scam and money-laundering hub

Gal and Marina BARAK’s Bulgarian money-laundering organization On 1 September 2020, the by now infamous Wolf of Sofia, the Israeli citizen Gal BARAK was found guilty of serious fraud and money laundering as operator and beneficial owner of the cybercrime organization of E&G Bulgaria, based in Sofia, Bulgaria. During the

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EBA steps up with anti money laundering

EU steps up in anti-money laundering!

The money laundering scandals of recent years in the European Union have shown that the European Union’s banking sector, particularly, remains highly vulnerable to cross-border money laundering. Some late scandals like the #Wirecard scandal in Germany and the #Kobenhavn Andelskasse scandal or the Danske Bank scandal in Denmark made the

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EFRI´s letter to the FATF

EFRI`s LETTER TO THE FATF!

As you read this blog post, the #Wirecard tsunami sweeps over Germany and destroys the reputation of the capital market and its institutions. The responsible authorities (mainly #BAFIN) and involved companies (especially EY Germany) are blaming each other and are trying to overcome the issue. The frightening truth is that Germany

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funds recovery from the enablers

We address scam enablers for refunds for victims

Our Approach EFRI identifies the enablers of the scams and asks them for refunds! We organize the fund recovery process more like a membership model. We set up separate social media groups for victims of the different scams and guide the victims on how to approach relevant authorities.   All

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