Dutch cybercriminals arrested in Enschede and Romania

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Dutch cybercriminals arrested in Enschede and Romania

The police, in collaboration with the Romanian police, have arrested three suspects on suspicion of phishing (digital fraud). A fourth suspect is being questioned in Romania. The foursome is said to have defrauded almost 1,000 victims for a total of more than a million euros.

Two suspects were arrested in Romania on February 28 and March 3. A third suspect was arrested in Enschede on February 28. It concerns two men aged 33 and 26 from Enschede and a 27-year-old man without a fixed place of residence or residence. A fourth suspect is being questioned in Romania.

Suspicious number

A cybercrime team of the Central Netherlands police succeeded in linking a suspicious telephone number from a report to a large number of digital fraud cases. Thanks to the cooperation with and the reports of various large banks in the Netherlands, the investigation could be further deepened.

marketplace

Most of the victims – nearly 1,000 in total – involved phishing on online marketplaces, such as Marktplaats. There, the cybercriminals asked victims to send a QR code and a photo of their bank card. This gave them access to their data and bank account. The total amount of damage is more than one million euros.

According to research leader Jouke Posthumus, these are harrowing stories from victims. ‘It often concerned people who were already in a difficult situation that had been abused in a nasty way. We were extra motivated to arrest these suspects.’

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