Huge blow to money laundering from computer scams

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Huge blow to money laundering from computer scams




A Mossos d'Esquadra patrol


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A Mossos d’Esquadra patrol

Researchers from Mossos d’Esquadra, the National Police and the FBI have participated together with police from eleven other European countries in the dismantling of an international criminal organization dedicated to laundering profits from cyberattacks and computer scams. The operation has been coordinated by Interpol.

Those arrested were operating globally, primarily in Europe Y America, and offered their services to computer criminal groups to make legal all the financial benefits they obtained fraudulently.

The operation resulted in arrest of 19 people in the United States, Portugal, United Kingdom and Spain and the registration of 40 addresses in Latvia, Bulgaria, United Kingdom, Italy and Spain. Only in Spain, those arrested had opened 106 bank accounts with false passports in which huge amounts of money of illicit origin were entered and obtained in computer scams and cyberattacks carried out from other countries such as Germany, Italy or the United States. Researchers have confirmed that only in these bank accounts opened in Spain they managed to launder up to 825,000 euros.

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