Six money mules and thus 33 reports of fraud handled by the police and the Public Prosecution Service

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Six money mules and thus 33 reports of fraud handled by the police and the Public Prosecution Service

Groningen – Yesterday, six people heard at the Parkallee (Kardinge) office in Groningen that the police know that their account is being used for laundering criminal money. They come forward in investigations into purchase and sales fraud, which have come in via the National Hotline for Internet Scams.

With this action, the police and the Public Prosecution Service ensure that 33 reports from all over the country are processed.

Person-centred approach

The main goal: to stop these practices through a person-centred approach. Marcel Boven of the criminal investigation department in Groningen: “The starting point is investing in the long term. This also means that criminal law alone is not the most effective. You look at the problem surrounding a suspect. In some cases it is clear that someone needs help. With only punishments there is a high chance of recurrence. That is why we work together with the probation service, we offer debt counseling and stop talks are held.

Disrupt criminal process

Public Prosecutor Jan Hoekman: “As the police and the Public Prosecution Service, we not only focus on tracking down perpetrators when it comes to digitized crime, but also on disrupting the criminal process. Thanks to close cooperation and fast processing, we can follow up on many declarations and tackle money mules on a day like this. It also immediately increases the chance of ending up with the money mule recruiters, often the main perpetrators behind these crimes”.

Results

Due to the person-oriented approach, the settlements vary. For example, one person received a punishment order in the form of 30 hours of community service. A stop talk was held with four people, including community police officers. One suspect has to answer to the judge. The police and the Public Prosecution Service want to tackle money mules in this way more often in the future.

Don’t become a money mule

You make your bank account available in exchange for money or expensive items. It’s too good to be true and you come home from a rude awakening. You facilitate scammers and the chance of getting caught is the greatest with you. You are always traceable, with all the consequences that entails, such as not being able to get a mortgage or getting into debt. So don’t become a mule! Never hand over your debit card and never withdraw money on behalf of someone else. Are you approached? You can also contact the police anonymously.

A money mule, also known as a money mule, is often the final link in many forms of digitized crime. If someone gives their bank card and/or account and PIN code, victims of internet scams deposit money into this money mule’s account. With this, a money mule is sometimes consciously, but sometimes also unconsciously, guilty of laundering illegally obtained money and the criminal remains anonymous. The money mule often has the idea that this is not punishable, and thinks that he is providing a service to someone.

Information source: Politie.nl

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