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Bulgarian gang of credit card fraudsters dismantled

14 April 2014

An investigation lasting more than a year into an organised group of Bulgarian criminals committing credit card fraud, has been successfully finalised. Seven arrests were made last week in Italy(3) and Bulgaria(4). In  total 25 persons involved in the scam have been arrested with an additional 21 persons detained and charged.

Focus on attacks on ATM machines

14 April 2014

Over 100 specialists including bomb technicians, police investigators, banking security experts and representatives from security companies, participated in a conference, focused on the use of explosives and explosives’ mixtures to attack ATM machines. This 1st EU Conference on ATM Physical Attacks took place at Europol’s headquarters in The Hague (NL).

113 people detained and 70 arrested in action day tackling airline fraud

10 April 2014

On 8 and 9 April 2014 law enforcement agencies from across the world, supported by the European Cybercrime Centre (EC3)  at Europol, joined forces with the airline, travel and credit card industries in the largest ever attack upon online fraud and illegal immigration.  Rapid increases in Internet-facilitated crime have left millions of innocent people affected every year whilst the banking, airline and travel industries have suffered huge financial losses as a direct result.  

Europol Director Rob Wainwright speaks at The Vatican conference against human trafficking

10 April 2014

The Director of Europol, Rob Wainwright, joined senior clergymen and police officers from 20 countries, as well as victims of modern-day slavery, at a conference hosted by the Vatican’s Academy of Sciences on April 9 and 10 focused on combating human trafficking. The conference facilitated the building of a new international alliance between the police community and religious leaders to bring to an end all forms of modern slavery.

Europol High Level Expert Conference on Witness Protection in Rome, Italy

9 April 2014

Criteria for the selection of professional staff for witness protection units, new challenges and trends represented in the cyber world, and the reintegration of protected witnesses were some of the main topics at the 15th Europol High Level Expert Meeting on Witness Protection, held in Rome, Italy, on 8 and 9 April 2014.

Human trafficking gang jailed

7 April 2014

A criminal gang responsible for trafficking Hungarian women into the UK to take part in sham marriages has been jailed for more than 13 years, following a UK investigation supported by Europol.

Criminal group behind forced prostitution and property crimes dismantled

4 April 2014

With the support of Europol, Belgian, Romanian and UK Police, Italian Carabinieri Reggruppamento Operativo Speciale (ROS) have dismantled a mafia-type organised criminal group of Romanian nationals who were actively trafficking young Romanian women to Italy to exploit them through forced prostitution. As a result, 13 suspects were arrested in Italy,and another 9 in Romania and 2 in Belgium.