WATCH: Spanish Police catch international gang after €25 million scam

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ARRESTED: The fraudulent scams affected over 100 companies, including victims from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and China. Photo: National Police


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TEN people have been arrested in Spain by the National Police in connection with the alleged scamming of more than 100 companies around the world.

According to the General Directorate of the Police, the arrests were made in Manacor (eight), Toledo (one) and Castellon (one).

The police have stated that 31 criminal acts have been identified.

The two scam methods used by the international are known as ‘Man in the middle’ and ‘CEO fraud’.

The ‘Man in the middle’ scam consists of computer attacks aimed at companies with big revenues, intercepting their communications to divert money from their bank transfers to the organisation’s account.

The criminal organisation allegedly used the ‘CEO fraud’ trick to contact an employee from the targeted company, who had access to the bank accounts, pretending to be the CEO or director and requested an ‘emergency’ financial transaction to be made.

During the police operation, as well as the arrests, 16 of the suspected criminal organisation’s bank accounts were blocked, three vehicles and computer equipment was seized.

The fraudulent scams affected over 100 companies, including victims from Spain, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico and China.

It has been estimated by investigators, who recovered lists of contact data from approximately 500.000, that more than €600.000 has been stolen from Spanish entities.

The criminal group is also suspected of hacking and accessing corporate emails from in excess of 1.000 Spanish businesses.

Estafas a empresas

La Policía Nacional desarticula una organización internacional que podría haber estafado 25 millones de euros a empresas de todo el mundo. Interceptaban el dinero procedente de las transacciones empresariales de sus víctimas mediante el “fraude del CEO” y “Man in the middle”. En España, la organización consiguió estafar una cantidad acreditada superior a los 600.000 euros, cifra que podría verse incrementada con el análisis de todo el material incautado por los agentes.Hay diez personas detenidas en Toledo (1), Castellón (1) y en el municipio balear de Manacor (8), entre las que se encuentran los máximos responsables, en una investigación desarrollada en varias provincias españolas y que ha permitido esclarecer 31 hechos delictivos.“Man in the middle” consiste en realizar ataques informáticos contra empresas con elevados volúmenes de facturación, a las que interceptan las comunicaciones vía email para derivar el dinero de un pago a una cuenta propia abierta con documentación falsa, mientras que “el fraude del CEO” consiste en contactar con un empleado con acceso a la cuentas de la empresa, y solicitar una operación financiera urgente simulando ser su jefe o director.

Geplaatst door Policía Nacional op Vrijdag 11 januari 2019

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