A scam call center based out of a Kyiv mall unmasked by journalists this week has links to other operations far beyond Ukrainan borders.
An industrial-scale fraud committed through call centers has left a trail of victims across the globe.
Companies used to hawk get-rich-quick investment schemes from a Kyiv call center were registered in the Caribbean and Estonia in the names of impoverished Swedes.
Phone salesmen with promises of high returns convinced them to invest everything they owned — and more. But it was all a scam. Although millions of kronor have been lost, the police have not even tried to investigate the crimes.
In collaboration with OCCRP’s international journalism network, we can now reveal two more fraud factories in Albania and Georgia.
Marie, 73, in Vingåker. Maj-Britt, 67, in Dalarna. Östen, 75, in Lappträsk. They have all had their lives ruined by reckless bitcoin fraudsters.
They wanted to bolster their pensions with some extra cash. But fraudsters took over their computers, hijacked their accounts — and left several of them indebted for life, without money for food and shelter.
Things were looking up for Yamelin Montero, a 34-year-old single mother in the Dominican Republic. Her small investment in digital currency through a company called CryptoMB was soaring — or so she thought.
An estimated $100m has been wheedled out of people around the world in a cryptocurrency scam run out of a Kiev call center. We talk to four victims.
Suspected fraudsters lure investors with fake ads featuring celebrities such as Gordon Ramsay.
International fraud call-center took almost $13,000 from more than 20 Hungarian victims. Several told their stories to Direkt36.
An international team of journalists identified an organized group that defrauded naive investors out of millions. There are also victims in Lithuania.
More than 180 victims in different countries reveal how they lost their money by investing in cryptocurrency brands controlled from Eastern Europe.
In Kyiv there is an office where telemarketers squeeze money out of people, by fair means or foul. Hikka, 69, lost all his savings to these scammers. An employee made an undercover recording and shared it with a group of international journalists. Now we will explain how the fraud factory works.
Online investment platforms are being used to scam small investors from around the world.
La Stampa’s investigation is part of a collaboration with 23 news outlets who investigated the Fraud Factory. The interviews with a whistleblower revealed the secrets of Milton Group, a Kyiv call center that defrauded savers with the promise of cryptocurrency investments.
The Fraud Factory: Stories of the Italian victims. Pensioners and small business owners cheated by a call center with the mirage of amazing earnings.
A call center promises easy earnings from cryptocurrencies. Many Italians are among its victims.
The Mandarin Plaza bills itself as the “first and largest shopping mall in Ukraine, where you can buy everything from toothbrushes to yachts.” But the mall is also home base to hundreds of fraudulent call-center salespeople who have robbed thousands of victims around the world of more than $60 million.
Thousands of people around the world have lost at least $60 million because of a call center based out of one of the best addresses in Kyiv, Ukraine, including several Czechs.
A Ukranian call center defrauded people from South America to Scandinavia, using alleged bitcoin transactions. Croatian citizens are among them.
Among the hundreds that were defrauded in an internet scheme revealed by journalists in 21 countries, there are at least 25 Slovenes. Their money was not invested as promised, but wired to personal accounts and anonymous bitcoin wallets around the world.
Thousands Have Lost Money on Cryptocurrency Scams.
On the upper floors of one of Kyiv’s most luxurious malls, a host of employees are working to scam people from all over the world.
A Norwegian man has lost large sums to the Milton Group’s call center. While VG interviews him, they call and try to trick him three times.