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47 people questioned in relation to Dutch WhatsApp scam

The police in the Oost-Brabant district have questioned 47 suspects over potential involvement in pulling “friend-in-need” WhatsApp scams. With this type of fraud, scammers approach their victims via messaging services or social media claiming to be the victim’s family members or friends in an emergency. They then request money to… Read More

Global sting began by creating message service for crooks

AP — When the FBI dismantled an encrypted messaging service based in Canada in 2018, agents noticed users moving to other networks. Instead of following their tracks to rivals, investigators decided on a new tactic: creating their own service. ANOM, a secure-messaging service built by the… Read More

Dutch man arrested over bitcoin scam

A 39-year-old man from Deventer was arrested on suspicion of large-scale fraud with self-made cryptocurrency coins, police confirmed. He is suspected of running online trading platform Coinhouse.eu. Clients of the site claim they were victims of a scam. A 22-year-old man from Apeldoorn and a 41-year-old man from Zaandam were… Read More
11th May 2021
Dubai Police have arrested one of the UK’s most wanted fugitives after eight years on the run, after Interpol issued a Red Notice. Michael Paul Moogan, 35, from Liverpool in the UK, had been on the National Crime Agency-UK wanted list for his alleged role in a large-scale international drug… Read More
7th May 2021
Netherlands-based ING Bank has been analyzing the risks and opportunities associated with the exploding decentralized finance (DeFi) space. A paper released last month titled “Lessons Learned from Decentralised Finance,” carefully weighs some of DeFi’s pros and cons, and concludes that “the best of both worlds is achieved if centralised… Read More
4th May 2021
Authorities in Germany managed to take down one of the world’s biggest child sex abuse platforms following a large-scale investigation which led to several arrests in mid-April, a police statement confirmed on Monday. The platform “Boystown” was active since at least June 2019 and had a… Read More
27th April 2021
In 2020, the Public Prosecutors Service (OM) seized around 303 million euros worth of cash and cryptocurrency in criminal cases. The amount is considerably higher than it was in 2019 when a total of 258.1 million euros was confiscated. The amount consists mainly of money that were seized from criminals… Read More
21st April 2021
AP — Police in Spain said Tuesday they have dismantled one of the largest criminal gangs growing cannabis in the country and trafficking it across Europe. At least 65 people, most of them Chinese nationals, were arrested in several Spanish cities, Portugal and the… Read More
20th April 2021
By Besar Likmeta, Edmond Hoxhaj and Perparim Isufi, BIRN, 20 April 2021 BIRN – At first glance, Michigan resident Ylli Didani was a successful businessman with stakes in companies in the United States, Albania and Kosovo, where he enjoyed a business relationship with a former security aide… Read More
19th April 2021
Dutch bank ABN Amro on Monday said it had reached a 480-million-euro ($574 million) settlement with prosecutors in the Netherlands over money laundering allegations, which will impact its first-quarter results. ABN Amro said in a statement it had agreed to pay a fine of 300 million euros and 180 million… Read More
19th April 2021
Danske Bank Chief Executive Chris Vogelzang resigned on Monday after the Dutch authorities named him as a suspect in a probe into violations of money-laundering regulations at Dutch lender ABN Amro, Danske Bank said in a statement. “I am very surprised by the decision by the Dutch authorities,” Vogelzang said… Read More
12th April 2021
At 5am on a chilly Tuesday morning last month, 1,600 police officers and balaclava-wearing special forces, bristling with arms and battering rams, were ordered into action around the Belgian port city of Antwerp. More than 200 addresses were raided in what was the largest police operation ever conducted in the… Read More
11th April 2021
By Juliett Pineda, OCCRP, 8 April 2021 OCCRP — After they intercepted encrypted messages exchanged between members of organized crime groups, Belgian authorities seized in the port of Antwerp 27.64 tons of cocaine worth some 1.38 billion euros (about US$1.64 billion) just over the past two… Read More