June 10, 2015 / 10:10 AM / 3 years ago

Dozens arrested in European cyber crime sweep: Europol

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Police have arrested 49 suspected members of a cyber crime syndicate in Spain, Poland and Italy who are suspected of stealing million of euros from European bank accounts, Europol said on Wednesday.

An illustration picture shows a projection of binary code on a man holding a laptop computer, in an office in Warsaw June 24, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel

Police raided 58 locations as part of the investigation into online “phishing” scams used to transfer money from bank accounts across Europe, the Hague-based European police agency said in a statement.

Officials in Belgium and the United Kingdom assisted the investigation and operation, which was conducted on Tuesday.

“The parallel investigations revealed international fraud totaling 6 million euro accumulated within a very short time,” the statement said.

The suspects, mainly from Nigeria and Cameroon, transferred the illicit profits outside of the European Union through a sophisticated network of money laundering transactions.

Reporting by Anthony Deutsch; Editing by Tom Heneghan

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