Nine suspects arrested in Belgian investigation into phishing gang


Dutch police on Tuesday arrested eight men and a woman for their involvement in a criminal organization that stole millions of euros through phishing. The police did so after an investigation by the Belgian courts.

Police units in Amsterdam, Central Netherlands, West Brabant, Rotterdam, Eastern Netherlands and The Hague also carried out 24 house searches. A firearm, expensive watches and tens of thousands of euros in cash were seized.

The arrested suspects are men aged between 25 and 36 from Amsterdam, Almere, Rotterdam and Spijkenisse and a 25-year-old woman from Deventer. They are suspected of phishing (fishing for login credentials and other sensitive information), internet fraud and money laundering.

Belgian police reported that dozens of Belgian victims of the gang are known. They were approached via emails, text messages, WhatsApp messages and then directed to a fake (banking) website via a phishing link. The criminal network thus had access to the accounts of the victims and allegedly stole several million euros.

The arrested suspects are in custody and their surrender to Belgium is in progress.

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