Cricket Governing Body ICC Loses Around $2.5 Million In Online Money Fraud
In a shocking reveal, it has come to light that the cricket governing body International Cricket Council (ICC), was scammed of roughly USD 2.5 million in 2022.
As per ESPNcricinfo, the precise amount involved in the scam that originated in the USA has yet to be verified.
The fraudsters reportedly used a business email compromise (BEC) method, described as “one of the most financially destructive online crimes” by the FBI, to carry out the scam.
ICC tight-lipped about incident
The ICC has not divulged much about the crime as law enforcement agencies in the USA have been intimated and a probe is underway.
The cricketing Board was informed about the incident last year and it came to the fore on January 19.
ICC consultant fell prey to BEC scam
The BEC form of phishing, where a
legitimate email ID is mimicked to avoid suspicion and trick the victim.
In the garb of a reliable contact, the fraudsters attempt to make payments to their bank account.
As per reports, in this particular instance, the email ID of one of ICC’s consultants was faked.
The ICC too has become a victim of “phishing”.
Some crook created a fake email ID in the name of one ICC’s consultants in USA and wrote to the federation’s CFO, raising a US$500,000 voucher to be cleared for payment.
Nobody in ICC noticed the different bank Ac No either. 🤦🏾
— KSR (@KShriniwasRao) January 19, 2023
Then a mail was sent to the board’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO), raising a voucher of US $500,000 to be cleared for payment.
BEC scam is quickly evolving
In a Congressional Report (filed to the US government) from last November, the FBI reported that in 2021, BEC-related claims to its Internet Crime Control Center totalled more than USD 2.4 billion.
According to FBI research, the BEC scam is quickly evolving as perpetrators become increasingly “skilled”.
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The impersonation of vendor emails, spoofed lawyer email accounts, theft of payroll funds, targeting of the real estate sector, and fraudulent requests for sizable amounts of gift cards are all examples of how the scam has advanced from spoofed emails allegedly from chief executive officers requesting wire payments to fraudulent locations.
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