Fraud gang tapped into credit cards in 37 countries
National Police agents have dismantled a criminal organisation of Nigerian origin specialised in bank card counterfeiting, internet fraud, document forgery and money laundering.
Its 36 members have been arrested for a fraud that exceeds one and a half million euros and whose victims reside in a total of 37 countries.
This investigation is the result of the strategy designed by the National Police to fight against criminal networks dedicated to the commission of all types of crimes against heritage through the internet and that, together with the rest of the investigations carried out during the year 2019 , has allowed 32 organisations or criminal groups to be dismantled, with more than 300 detainees throughout the Spanish territory.
The operation began after an exhaustive analysis of transactions with bank cards sold in specialised carding forums, which is what is called the illegitimate use of credit cards belonging to other people in order to obtain goods by fraud with them. This same analysis was also carried out in the darkweb clandestine markets.
More than 70 fraudulent bank cards had been issued, leading to a fraud of more than 1,500,000 euros.
In the first phase, documentation was provided with different false identities for the issuance of bank cards to the financial issuer of payment cards. Subsequently, once received at the homes under the control of those investigated, the fraudulent use of the cards took place, depleting the existing credit in them.
Finally, criminals paid the debt generated online by providing fraudulent foreign bank card numbers obtained in private internet forums, as well as in the deep web and darknet. This is how citizens of 37 countries as diverse as Panama, Malaysia, China and Colombia have been affected by this fraud.