Private-public partnership plays a significant role in countering cybercrime, especially at the international level. That is why the Global Cyber Cooperative Center (GC3) and the Department of Cyber Police of the National Police of Ukraine carry out close cooperation in obtaining, processing and analytical research of important information for conducting investigations of crimes committed in the online space.
In order to process data on cybercrimes, GC3 has established cooperation with international partners, one of which is the Internet Crime Complaint Center – IC3), USA.
Thus, IC3 received a message about a fraud on the Internet, where a US citizen was defrauded of 15.8 thousand US dollars and in which citizens of Ukraine may have been involved. Information about the crime for analytical research and deanonymization of the perpetrator from American colleagues was transferred to representatives of GC3. During the study of the materials and the preliminary investigation by GC3 specialists, a woman involved in the crime was discovered. The criminal was looking for victims among foreign men on dating sites and illegally embezzled money from foreigners’ bank cards.
The results of the analytical study on the deanonymization of the criminal were handed over to the specialists of the Cyber Police Department of the National Police of Ukraine for further investigation within the framework of the current legislation of Ukraine.
The criminal activity of the suspect was documented by the employees of the cybercrime countermeasures department in the Kharkiv region together with the investigators of the Kharkiv district police department No.2.
During the investigation, the law enforcement officers established that a 45-year-old woman posted ads on dating sites and communicated with foreign men on behalf of a 22-year-old girl. In the course of correspondence with men, the perpetrator expressed interest in long-term relationships and marriage, posted attractive photos of a young girl. Later, she encouraged the victims to transfer money to her bank account under various pretexts.
The police conducted a search at the place of residence of the suspect. According to the results, mobile phones and bank cards were seized. Currently, law enforcement officers are determining the final number of victims and the amount of damage caused. As you already know, one of the victims was a US citizen who transferred almost 16 thousand US dollars to the fraudsters.
According to this fact, a criminal proceeding has been opened under Part 2 of Art. 190 (Fraud) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The maximum punishment according to the sanction of the article is up to 3 years of imprisonment. Procedural management is carried out by the Saltiv district prosecutor’s office of the Kharkiv region.
Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) – a division of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) that deals with suspected Internet criminal activity and provides victims with a convenient and easy-to-use reporting mechanism that notifies authorities of suspected criminal or civil violations on the Internet.
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