US Secret Service On The Hunt For Yahoo Boys Who Stole $5M From Workers Union

US Secret Service On The Hunt For Yahoo Boys Who Stole $5M From Workers Union

United States has began search for a fraud syndicate that scammed over $5M through Business Email Compromise Scheme.

The scheme targetted Massachusetts Workers Union.

The Justice Department filed a civil forfeiture action today to recover approximately $5,315,746.29 of funds alleged to be proceeds of a business email compromise (BEC) scheme and property involved in the subsequent laundering of the proceeds.

According to the complaint, in January 2023, a workers union based in Dorchester, Massachusetts, was defrauded out of $6.4 million after it received a spoofed email, which appeared to be from its investment manager. The email allegedly changed the beneficiary bank account of the $6.4 million payment.

The complaint alleges that the email had the intended effect of misleading the workers union into transferring funds to a bank account controlled by someone other than the intended recipient.

The complaint further alleges that the fraudulently obtained funds were then transferred through a series of intermediary bank accounts, with some funds transferred, or attempted to be transferred, to a cryptocurrency exchange or to various bank accounts located in Hong Kong, China, Singapore, and Nigeria.

Investigators were able to trace proceeds of the scheme to seven domestically held bank accounts, the contents of which were subsequently seized.

Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Nicole M. Argentieri, head of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; Acting U.S. Attorney Joshua S. Levy for the District of Massachusetts; and Special Agent in Charge William Mancino of the U.S. Secret Service made the announcement.

The U.S. Secret Service is investigating the case.

Trial Attorneys Jasmin Salehi Fashami and Adrienne E. Rosen of the Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Lyons for the District of Massachusetts are prosecuting the forfeiture.

A BEC scheme is a type of sophisticated fraud scheme targeting businesses that use wire transfers as a form of payment. BEC schemes affect large global corporations, governments, and individuals, with current global daily losses estimated at approximately $8 million. Criminals compromise legitimate business email accounts through various hacking schemes, including social engineering and the use of malware.

Once a business email account is compromised, a fraudulent email is sent directing the recipient of the email to unwittingly transfer funds to an illicit account. Alternatively, criminals create “spoofed” email domain names to trick people into thinking they know the sender. An email domain name is the part of an email address that comes after the “@” symbol.

In email spoofing, one character in an email address is often changed or missing, thereby tricking the recipient. Criminals obtain and use privileged information to convince BEC email recipients that the transfer instructions are legitimate.

To avoid becoming the victim of a BEC scheme, verify that sender email addresses are accurate when checking mail on a cellphone or other mobile device before you open any attachments or follow any instructions, and never make any payment changes without verifying with the intended recipient by phone or in person.

If you think you have been a victim of a BEC scheme, 1) immediately contact your bank to request a recall or reversal as well as a Hold Harmless Letter or Letter of Indemnity; and 2) file a detailed complaint with the Internet Crime Complaint Center at

The Internet Crime Complaint Center is run by the FBI and serves as the country’s hub for reporting cybercrime. Visit for updated information regarding BEC trends as well as other cyber fraud schemes.

A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation. The United States bears the burden of proving that the funds in question are subject to forfeiture in a civil forfeiture proceeding.

Related Articles

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Back to top button