Busting a Billion Dollar British Scammer Cartel [VIDEO]
Part 1 & 2 | 7NEWS Spotlight Documentary
By Australia’s 7NEWS
In the most explosive investigation of the year, 7NEWS Spotlight’s award-winning broadcaster Liam Bartlett busts open a billion-dollar British scammer crime cartel that is fleecing Australians of more than $4 million each and every week.
The staggeringly sophisticated scammer syndicate, run by British con artists (scammers) with the backing of the Russian mafia, has been targeting Aussie investors they have cruelly dubbed “mugs with money”, safe in the knowledge authorities here can’t – or won’t – touch them.
In the joint expose with investigative reporter Ross Coulthart, Bartlett will take viewers inside “Operation Tropicana” led by Australian fraud and cybercrime specialist Ken Gamble and his IFW Global operatives – going after the scammers.
Across 24 simultaneous raids, in association with Malaysia’s anti-crime commission, the scam busters make more than 80 scammer arrests, including Brit kingpin Andy Peters, aka “Peg Leg”, who lived a life of luxury at the expense of duped Australians.
Bartlett said: “I have been embedded with crime-fighting groups from various countries over the years, but this operation was on a scale like no other.” As it turned out, it needed to be. The criminal syndicate was the biggest scammer group ever to be raided by any global authority.
“The results spectacularly demonstrate the abject failure of our Federal Police to act effectively against the scourge of this ever-increasing threat to Aussie consumers, and we have to demand that things are done better,” he said.
It is a 7NEWS Spotlight exclusive every Australian must see.