Businesses defrauded of millions through “phishing” scam
Spain’s National Police, in a joint operation with the Civil Guard, have dismantled an international criminal organisation dedicated to committing crimes through “phishing”.
The gang was engaged in cheating companies, with which they previously had some kind of commercial agreement, through computer attacks. In addition, the alleged perpetrators gained the trust of legal companies through commercial agree-ments, seizing not only their business data, but also their bank passwords and email.
Police carried out four raids in Malaga and detained six people. In addition, computers, bank cards, a multitude of documents, jewellery valued at more than 4,000 euros and 2,950 euros in cash were seized. In Castellón the agents carried out two house searches, as well as the registration of three ceramics companies. They also detained 15 people and seized abundant documentation, 16,350 euros in cash and a high-end vehicle valued at 150,000 euros.
The so-called “Operation Ciao-Estribo” has frozen 78 bank accounts and has managed to identify money laundering of five million euros
The criminal activity was not only carried out in Spain but also took place in Holland, Cyprus, Curaçao, Ukraine, Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, Den-mark, Singapore, the United Kingdom and the United States.