Report: Majority of BEC scams reported to FBI had funds wired to China and Hong Kong
James C. Trainor, Jr., assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, said that victims who report business email compromise scams within 72 hours can often get their stolen funds back, CNN reported.
Eighty-three percent of fraudulent money transfers reported to the FBI as the result of business email compromise (BEC) scams are wired to banks in China and Hong Kong, CNN has reported, following an FBI presentation at the International Conference on Cyber Security in New York Tuesday.
James C. Trainor, Jr., assistant director of the FBI's Cyber Division, offered up the statistical nugget in a speech detailing BEC schemes, which typically involve spoofing or typosquatting the email addresses of corporate executives, then sending official-looking communications to employees, tricking them into transferring funds or disclosing data.
The report notes that the hackers can operate from anywhere, despite the emphasis on Chinese and Hong Kongese financial institutions. Trainor stated that if victims contact the FBI within 72 hours, the agency can often trace the money and work with the Chinese banks to return stolen funds, provided they weren't withdrawn.