Simon Baker KC defended TF, a founder and administrator of the iSpoof.cc website, in relation to multiple charges of facilitating fraud and money laundering arising from the use of the website.
The website, which allowed users to ‘spoof’ caller ID so as to appear as if they were calling from legitimate bodies, enabled users to defraud victims – tricking them into handing over money, or providing sensitive information, such as banking passwords. The website was linked to over £43m of fraud in the UK alone, with an estimated value of worldwide fraud in excess of £100m. iSpoof.cc received over £3m from its users, paid in cryptocurrency, in payments for facilitating the frauds.
The investigation, described as the largest fraud investigation ever undertaken in the United Kingdom, involved the Metropolitan Police, Europol, Eurojust, the Dutch Police, the Irish Garda, the FBI and the Ukrainian Police.
Simon was instructed by Mohsin Ariff of Lloyds PR Solicitors and led James Holland.
Examples of the press coverage of the case include the following:
Cases | 23 May 23