The mastermind behind an online fraud website used to defraud victims out of more than £100 million has been jailed for more than 13 years.
Tejay Fletcher, 35, was the founder and leading administrator of iSpoof.cc website, shut down in November 2022 as a result of the UK’s biggest fraud crackdown.
iSpoof was a website that allowed criminals and fraudsters to masquerade as banks like Barclays, Santander, or HSBC, tax offices and other official bodies as they attempted to defraud victims. Using iSpoof services, threat actors could call unsuspecting bank customers pretending to be genuine employees, and – with the assistance of other iSpoof tools – obtain passwords, PIN codes, and then access customers’ bank accounts and empty them.
The total losses to victims of frauds enabled by iSpoof in the UK alone exceeds £43 million, with the total global losses estimated to be at least £100 million.
According to the authorities, Fletcher played the leading role as the website administrator for the majority of time iSpoof was operating and received by far the largest share of the profits of iSpoof, receiving at least £1.3 million from the fraudulent site.
In April 2023, Fletcher pled guilty to the charges of making or supplying articles for use in fraud, encouraging or assisting the commission of an offence, possessing criminal property and transferring criminal property.