Europol arrested 59 scammers linked to e-commerce fraud

Europol arrested 59 scammers linked to e-commerce fraud
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Europol has released a statement explaining their efforts to crackdown on e-commerce fraud. They claim to have arrested 59 scammers and that their investigations have created further leads across Europe as part of the 2022 e-Commerce Action. 

Europol explained that the arrests have come as a result of a month-long operation that took place during October and saw 19 countries working together to tackle criminal networks who use stolen credit card information in order to purchase high-value goods from online shops. 

The operation was led by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and the Merchant Risk Council. These groups collaborated directly with merchants, logistic companies, banks and payment card schemes. 

The investigations allowed law enforcement authorities in each nation to raid locations to which illegally purchased goods had been delivered, and therefore arrest the suspects and confiscate the fraudulently purchased goods. 

In order to try to prevent e-Commerce crime in the future, some of the nations involved are joining a social media campaign using the #SellSafe hashtag to help merchants understand the risks of e-commerce fraud.  

Among the recommended measures are tips both for e-businesses, such as ensuring all employees are aware of the risks of fraud and how to try to prevent it, as well as tips for customers such as never sending your bank account details via email.

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