45 detained as part of internet fraud gang

Policia Nacional have arrested 45 people as part of a wide ranging investigation into internet fraud which netted a gang over €1.5 million.

A series of raids were carried out nationwide, including Alicante, Barcelona, ​​Cádiz, La Coruña, Las Palmas, Madrid, Málaga, Murcia, Toledo, Valencia and Zaragoza, with memebers of the gang detained following a number of complaints.

The gang – the heads of which are based in the African country of Benin – used fake websites to offer cheap products, which resulted in the victims bank accounts being used to channel large sums of money, with the victims being forced to act as money launderers under threat of violence and intimidation.

Police are working with agencies in Germany, Poland and France to see if similar cases are connected.



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