Authorities in Italy and Albania We discovered a scheme for victims that promised low-risk investments in cryptocurrencies. During the operation, coordinated by Eurojust, agents from both countries raided more than a dozen locations and seized property and computer equipment.
Scammers Contact Investors from Call Center in Tirana, Albania
Italian and Albanian Law Enforcement Officials Offer False Investment Opportunities Related to Cryptocurrencies Dropped the online fraud scheme. The investigation was supported by Eurojust, the EU agency responsible for judicial cooperation in Europe.
Authorities participating in the joint operation seized assets worth €3 million (approximately $3.2 million) from the criminal group that organized the fraud. Total losses from that activity are estimated at his €15 million (over $15.9 million), detailed in aEurojust press release.
The perpetrator operated a call center in the Albanian capital of Tirana, from which he used a virtual phone number and her VPN to contact the victim via phone and internet. We persuaded our customers to open accounts and transfer money on our dedicated website.
Scammers can gain credibility by allowing them to make quick profits with a small initial investment. After consulting a seemingly reputable trading platform, the victim was contacted by a “broker” offering a “zero risk” crypto investment.
Members of the fraud scheme also attempted to access the victim’s online her banking using remote her control software. Those who eventually discovered the deception were contacted by other representatives of the platform and asked to make additional payments to recover lost funds. Arrest warrants were issued for the main suspects, which took place between 13th and 15th December, Eurojust said, without giving details of the detentions. Police raided 13 addresses in Albania and seized over 160 electronic devices in both countries, including computers, servers and video recorders.
Italy announced that in 2020 he will initiate criminal proceedings with Eurojust, and the agency will set up a coordination center for operations to dismantle fraud networks. Promoted cooperation between authorities.
Under similar circumstances, Ukrainian cyber police exposed a crypto-fraud scheme he made in November, earning €200 million a year from fake investments in crypto assets and securities. It had offices and call centers with thousands of employees across Europe. Several European countries, including Albania, have backed an investigation into the organization.
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