Europol on Tuesday announced the bust of an organized crime group that specializes in fraud, fraud, fraud and money laundering activities.
The cross-border operation, which involved law enforcement agencies from Belgium and the Netherlands, saw the arrest of nine individuals in the Dutch nation.
The suspects are men between the ages of 25 and 36 from Amsterdam, Almere, Rotterdam, and Spijkenisse and a 25-year-old woman from Deventer, according to a statement from the National Police Force.
Also seized as part of 24 home searches, officials said, were firearms, ammunition, jewelry, designer clothing, expensive watches, electronic equipment and tens of thousands of euros in cash. and electronic money.
The crime group communicated with the victim by email, text, and through mobile messaging apps, the agency noted. “These messages were sent by members of the gang and contained a phishing link to a bogus banking website.”
No doubt whoever clicked on this link was tricked into entering their credentials then stolen by this organization to fraudulently withdraw several million euros from the victim’s account with the help of mules money.
In addition, some members of the group are believed to have connections to drugs and the possibility of weapons trafficking.
The bankruptcy comes less than a month after Europol, in collaboration with Australia, Belgium, Finland, Hungary, Ireland, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and the US, removed the infrastructure. floor related to software Malicious FluBot Android.