Europol: Phishing gang behind several million euros worth of losses busted in Belgium and the Netherlands

A cross-border operation, supported by Europol and involving the Belgian Police (Police Fédérale/Federale Politie) and the Dutch Police (Politie), resulted in the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in phishing, fraud, scams and money laundering.

The action day on 21 June 2022 led to:

  • 9 arrests in the Netherlands
  • 24 house searches in the NetherlandsSeizures including firearms, ammunition, jewellery, electronic devices, cash and cryptocurrency

The criminal group contacted victims by email, text message and through mobile messaging applications. These messages were sent by the members of the gang and contained a phishing link leading to a bogus banking website. Thinking they were viewing their own bank accounts through this website, the victims were duped into providing their banking credentials to the suspects.

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Source: Europol