Global risk is heightened by technology

LONDON, UK – INTERPOL has launched a new assessment of global fraud, finding that the increasing use of technology by organized crime groups is allowing them to better target victims around the world.

By using artificial intelligence, there are now large linguistic models and cryptocurrencies, combined with business models (i.e. Fishing And this Ransomware As a service), highly sophisticated and professional frauds can be carried out without the need for advanced technical skills and at relatively low cost.

Analysis of INTERPOL’s assessment of global fraud also highlights the international expansion of human trafficking to enforce illegal activities in call centers; Specifically, for the purpose of committing type frauds Pig butchering (A combination of sentiment and investment scams using cryptocurrencies).

INTERPOL Secretary General Jürgen Stock said:

„We are facing a strong wave of fraud in which more people, often the most vulnerable, and companies fall, on a larger scale and in all corners of the world.”

„Technological advances, along with a rapid increase in the rate and scale of organized crime, have driven the creation of new ways of deceiving innocent people, companies and administrations. With the development of artificial intelligence and cryptocurrencies, the situation will worsen if urgent measures are not taken.”

„It’s important that there are no safe havens where scammers can operate. We need to fill the gaps and ensure that sharing information across sectors and borders is the norm, not the exception.

„We must encourage greater reporting of financial crimes and invest in capacity building and training so that law enforcement can provide a more effective and truly global response.”

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The Secretary-General will present the report at the Financial Fraud Summit organized by the UK government in London.

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Other relevant findings of the report prepared for the exclusive use of law enforcement agencies include:

  • Investment scams, advance payment scams, internet scams and online company scams are the most common global trends. Email Through identity theft.
  • Those involved in investment fraud often develop networks of co-criminals that may be well-structured or loosely connected.
  • There is an urgent need to strengthen data collection and analysis to devise more informed and effective strategies to combat this phenomenon.

The report recommends establishing multi-stakeholder public-private partnerships to more effectively address this growing global crime, fill critical information gaps, and track and recover funds lost to fraud.

Since the launch of the INTERPOL Global Intervention Rapid Payments (I-GRIP) system in 2022, the system has helped member states intercept more than US$500 million in criminal profits from cyber fraud.

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Frauds against companies Email Fishing is a major trend in Africa; Although type Pig butchering They are increasingly common and cases have been detected in West and Southern Africa targeting victims from other territories outside the continent.

Some West African criminal groups (including Black Ax, Airlords and Supreme Eye) continue to grow transnationally and are known to have extensive knowledge of certain types of online fraud, emotional fraud, investment fraud, pay-for-sight, etc. or related to cryptocurrencies.


The most common scams in this region are identity theft, emotional scams, technical assistance scams, advance payment scams, and generally telecommuting scams.

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Fraud committed by victims of human trafficking continues to be a growing criminal phenomenon. Operation Turquoise V, coordinated by INTERPOL, saw hundreds of victims lured through messaging apps and social media platforms and then forced to invest or butcher pigs.

It is becoming clear that Latin American criminal groups such as the Comando Vermelho, the Primeiro Comando da Capital (PCC) and the Jalisco New Generation Cartel are also involved in this type of crime.


Types of Scams Pig butchering They started in Asia in 2019 and spread during the COVID-19 pandemic. Subsequently, the continent has become a hub for criminal organizations from the region’s poorest countries to use business-like structures to commit crimes.

Another type of fraud that has increased in Asia in recent years is telecommuting, in which criminals pose as law enforcement officers or bank employees to trick victims into handing over data from their accounts or bank cards or transferring large sums of money. Money for them.


Online investment scams Fishing And others on the Internet are directed against carefully selected targets to maximize profits. Mobile phone applications are also in the crosshairs of cybercriminals.

Criminal networks involved in these online scams often show up Mode of operation Sophisticated and complex, it is usually a combination of different types of fraud.

cases Pig butcheringIt is mainly carried out in call centers in Southeast Asia and is increasing.

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