In the largest global crackdown on phone scammers, UK police detain 142 suspects.

UK police say largest ever counter-fraud operation hampered international criminal network . 142 people have been arrested, including one of the accused London-based administrators .

London, September 30, 2018.Police in the United Kingdom said their largest ever counter-fraud operation had hampered an international criminal network involving hundreds of thousands of innocent people in millions of spam phone calls, according to the Metropolitan Police, which worked with Europol, the FBI, and other international law enforcement agencies.A total of 142 people have been arrested, including one of the accused London-based administrators.Suspects were arrested in Australia, France, Ireland, and the Netherlands, and servers in the Netherlands and Ukraine were shuttered, according to UK police.Organized crime organizations are linked to the website and the tens of thousands of users.

More than a third of these fraud detection companies were located in the United Kingdom, affecting 200,000 potential perpetrators alone.They have thus far suffered 48 million ($58 million) in losses in the UK alone.On average, victims lost 10,000 lives per year.According to Detective Superintendent Helen Rance, the Met's cyber crime unit, the biggest single theft amount was worth three million pounds.Losses to victims worldwide are expected to be much higher because the whole amount has been undercover, but she said that the Met's response has been to industrialize the crime.Drugstores, which are banned from selling tobacco, have announced that they can sell alcohol without paying any money to anyone.

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