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'Elaborate Fraud' Spanish police arrest scammers who conned victims out of €1.5 million

The Spanish National Police have dismantled a criminal gang who scammed almost €1.5 million from hundreds of people online.

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The Spanish National Police have dismantled a criminal gang who scammed almost €1.5 million from hundreds of people online.

A total of 45 people were arrested for defrauding 200 people in Spain in 23 regions including Alicante, Barcelona, Las Palmas, Madrid, and Valencia.

The leaders of the organisation operated from Benin and used people as “mules,” who they would allegedly threaten with death.

The organisation created fraudulent websites where they offered computer, electronic, and telephone products at extremely low prices. A total of 20 fake web pages have been detected and closed by Spanish police.

Payments were made by bank transfer into the accounts of the so-called “mules” and victims’ bank details and personal information were stored by the gang.

The scammers would then contact the victims and tell them that in order to get their money back they had to open several bank accounts, request credit cards, and send them by post to various PO boxes in the Republic of Benin.

Once the cards reached Africa, large sums of money would be put into the victims’ new bank accounts, which would be withdrawn from ATMs in Benin.

The gang also scammed money by pretending to be French financiers and advertising fake online loans where they stated that victims had to deposit money into an account before obtaining a loan.

Additionally, the organisation required victims to get a new credit card and send it to Benin, where it was once again withdrawn from ATMs.

Almost €1.5 million was conned from unsuspecting victims during the “elaborate fraud process.”

The criminal organisation was found to have strong links in other European countries such as Germany, Austria, France, and Poland, where Europol and Interpol are investigating similar fraudulent web pages.

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Further checks are being carried out in the Republic of Benin to identify the gang ringleaders.

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