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Press Release: End of the road for fuel fraudsters: EU law enforcement seize 2.2 million KG of illicit fuel

A six-month long joint operation targeting organised crime groups involved in fuel fraud has resulted in the arrests of 25 suspects so far and the seizure of 2.2 million kg of illicit fuel. This illegal trade can cause damage to vehicles’ engines, as the product is not compliant with the relevant European standards. Consequently, it can also be a risk to consumer health and safety.

Press Release: Germany and Sweden take action against cyber fraud gang

With the support of Europol and Frontex, two suspects were arrested on 12 September in a series of coordinated raids across Germany and Sweden in an investigation targeting a Syrian organised crime group suspected of cyber fraud. House searches were carried out in Aachen, Dortmund and Essen (Germany), and in Nörrköping, Malmö and Helsingborg (Sweden), where police recovered some EUR 54 000 and USD 55 000. The arrestees are believed to be the key organisers of a cyber fraud gang.

Press Release: Over 50 Protected Birds Destined To Be Traded On The Illegal Market Rescued In Italy

Illegal hunting, trapping and trading of birds are not the only criminal activities threatening the lives of endangered species. Collecting hatchlings (newly hatched birds) and eggs from the nests of protected birds is a new reported trend in wildlife crime, which is causing a degradation of natural habitats and bringing protected species to the brink of extinction.

Press Release: Online scammers captured after causing EUR 18 million of damage in more than 35 000 cases

After six years of preparation and coordination, the international Operation Warenagent has seen the arrest of 15 individuals, thought to be members of a network responsible for online fraud causing EUR 18 million worth of damage. The operation was conducted by the German Prosecutor’s Office of Dresden, the Saxon State Office of Criminal Investigation, the Lithuanian Police and the Lithuanian Prosecutor’s Office, with help from Europol and Eurojust at the international level.

Press Release: Orange and Europol Sign a Memorandum of Understanding to Fight Cybercrime more Effectively

Today Orange signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Europol, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, to enhance their collaboration and share information on cyberthreats and major attacks. With this agreement, the two organisations are combining their efforts to make cyberspace safer for individuals, businesses, and governments and prevent cybercrime.

Press Release: Police seize more than EUR 4.5 million in cryptocurrencies in Europe’s biggest ever LSD bust

The Spanish Guardia Civil and the Austrian Federal Police, supported by Europol, have dismantled a criminal network producing and distributing synthetic drugs worldwide, known as new psychoactive substances (NPS), on the Darknet. The criminal group was also involved in money laundering their share of the profits by selling cryptocurrencies, mainly Bitcoins. More than EUR 4 500 000 in Bitcoins, IOTA and lumen was seized by law enforcement authorities.

Press Release: 8 accused of embezzling luxury cars arrested in Hungary and Slovakia

Eight suspects of illicit vehicle trafficking have been arrested after the Hungarian and Slovakian authorities joined forces with Europol. The criminal group was under investigation for embezzling three luxury cars in 2017. The cars were originally registered in Slovakia, then reregistered in Hungary with fake vehicle registration certificates and subsequently sold to private, often unsuspecting, individuals.

Press Release: 141 arrested in worldwide crackdown on airline fraud

Europol coordinated raids at European airports, targeting criminals trying to travel using fraudulently bought tickets. As the peak summer holiday time approaches, over 141 individuals were arrested last week in the latest law enforcement swoop which took place at over 226 airports around the world.

Press Release: Global anti-counterfeiting authorities gather at 2nd annual Europol intellectual property crime conference

Intellectual property crime is extensive in the EU and continues to represent a cause for concern. Criminal activity in this area can cause harm to the health and safety of EU citizens, as well as the environment. It also affects national economies, contributing to reduced revenues for the affected businesses, decreased sales volume and job losses.

Press Releases: Big hit against tax evading Chinese criminal group operating in Spain

The Spanish Guardia Civil, in collaboration with the Spanish Tax Agency and supported by Europol, has dismantled a Chinese criminal organisation that fraudulently imported goods into the European Union (EU) from China. The Europol-supported operation represents the biggest success for financial investigators so far this year, with EUR 8 million in cash seized by law enforcement officers.

Press Release: Cryptocurrency meets law enforcement at Europol’s 5th virtual currencies conference

Between 19-21 June 2018, over 300 participants from 40 countries convened in The Hague for the 5th Virtual Currencies Conference organised by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) to discuss one of the hottest topics of this year: virtual currencies, and how to foster the legitimate use of this virtual monetary system often abused by hackers, international drug dealers and the money movers of organised crime.

Press Release: Massive Crackdown on Metal Theft: Over 350 Tonnes Seized in 12 EU Member States

On 30 May 2018 the Italian Central Directorate of Criminal Police, within the framework of EMPACT, with the support from Europol, CEPOL and the informal Network Against Metal Theft, created in 2014 within the Law Enforcement Working Party1, led a massive international action day against metal thefts. The operation took place in twelve EU Member States: Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Massive Crackdown on Metal Theft: Over 350 Tonnes Seized in 12 EU Member States

The overall results from the 12 participating Member States show that 54 846 people, 42 237 vehicles, 7 986 environmental companies and scrap dealers, 589 border areas and 2 572 other hotspots (including harbours and rail transport sites, energy, telecommunications infrastructures and customs shipments) were checked by law enforcement. During the operational activities cross-checks were made in real time with Europol’s databases.

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