Dutch police dismantled the network earlier today. The band of criminals lured its victims to fake banking websites using Whatsapp messages, SMS and emails. The booty thus stolen would amount to several million euros.
To flush out the first knives in Belgium of this network set up from the Netherlands, the Ghent police carried out an investigation in Aalter into acts of phishing, Internet fraud and money laundering, with the support of the federal judicial police, the Dutch police and the public prosecutor’s office in Amsterdam. The East Flanders prosecutor’s office, which has a cell specializing in cybercrime, has taken the lead in operations elsewhere in Flanders. This collaboration led to searches on Tuesday at 24 addresses across the Netherlands and the arrest of nine suspects.