The Spanish National Police in cooperation with Italian colleagues and Europol exposed the criminal group, which only last year stole about 10 million euros, detained more than 100 suspects.
This is reported by the press service of Europol.
The group is believed to be linked to the Italian mafia and was involved in online fraud, money laundering, drug trafficking, and other crimes.
“The suspects defrauded hundreds of victims through phishing attacks and other online scams such as SIM card swapping and compromised business emails. The money was laundered through an extensive network of intermediaries and shell companies. Illegal profits in the last year alone are estimated at about 10 million euros”, — reports Europol.
It is noted that the group had an elaborate hierarchy and included hackers who created phishing newsletters and a group that was responsible for “whitening” the money. Most of the group’s members are Italian nationals but were based on the Canary Island of Tenerife. The victims of the scammers were mostly Italians.
The operation involved 106 arrests, most of them in Spain, and 16 searches, freezing 118 accounts. Numerous electronic devices, credit cards, marijuana plantations, and equipment for growing and distributing marijuana were also seized.