Europol cops have arrested nine suspected members of a cybercrime ring involved in phishing, internet scams, and money laundering.
The alleged crooks are believed to have stolen “several million euros” from at least “dozens of Belgian victims,” according to that nation’s police, which, along with the Dutch, supported the cross-border operation.
On Tuesday, after searching 24 houses in the Netherlands, officers cuffed eight men between the ages of 25 and 36 from Amsterdam, Almere, Rotterdam, and Spijkenisse, and a 25-year-old woman from Deventer. We’re told the cops seized, among other things, a firearm, designer clothing, expensive watches, and tens of thousands of euros.
The suspects are in police custody and will be extradited to Belgium. Dutch police haven’t ruled out additional arrests.
According to law enforcement, a crime ring contacted victims via scam emails, text messages, and cellphone messaging apps. These messages included a phishing link that led to fake banking websites, which were used to harvest credentials.
“Thinking they were viewing their own bank accounts through this website, the victims were duped into providing their banking…