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June 29, 2022

DIICOT: 25 detained, charged with information fraud

Over 40 house searches were conducted, yesterday, in Bucharest and in counties Valcea, Olt, Dolj, Sibiu, in the course of an investigation regarding the dismantling of networks which used to cheat foreign citizens by online purchases, a release by the Direction for the Investigation of Organized Crime and Terrorist Acts (DIICOT) informs, quoted by Mediafax. 25 people were taken to the Prosecutor’s Office, for hearings, charged with illegal access to information systems, unlawful possession of passwords, access codes or information data, information fraud, qualified scam, money-laundering and participation in an organized crime group.

According to evidence from the first case, between 2008 and 2009, in connivance with other people, the defendants formed two organized crime groups, one led by the brothers L.I.S. and L.C.V., and the other by the defendant D.M.M., who set up and put into practice a plan of cheating foreign citizens who resorted to the Internet for electronic purchases. The plan consisted in phising operations, unlawful access to information systems by breaking security codes, the initiation of bids on behalf of the legitimate user of the account, if the latter had a positive account, determining victims to transfer money to bank accounts controlled by the group, or, by postal order, to Italy, and, finally, actions of reclaiming the money and sharing it according to the initial plan and according to the position of each of the defendants in the hierarchy of the group. The damage produced by the two organized crime groups is estimated at over EUR 300,000.

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