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The Civil Guard stops / investigates seven people for cheating by offering loans online (10/04/2019)

The alleged authorship of the crimes of fraud, falsification and belonging to a criminal organization is attributed to them

So far, six criminal acts have been clarified

It is estimated that the value of the scam exceeds 30,000 euros

The Civil Guard of the Region of Murcia, in the framework of the operation 'Vizzcoin', has arrested / investigated seven members of a criminal organization that was engaged in committing scams through the Internet.

After the operation have been clarified, so far, six criminal acts, estimating that they could have swindled more than 30,000 euros.

Effective Prevention of Citizen Security of the Benemérita began the operation at the end of last year, following the presentation of several complaints by people who had been victims of scams through the Internet.

The first investigations, aimed at verifying the denounced facts and clarifying the criminal activity, led the investigators to verify that after the authorship of the facts a criminal group could be found, composed of a Cieza family clan that had a hierarchical structure

Modus operandi

The criminal activity began with the offer, through different web pages, of money loans with attractive conditions and many facilities to formalize their hiring.

When people contacted the lenders, they asked for their personal data, which were used to prepare fictitious documents for the granting of loans that would never be granted.

Then, using messaging applications, the lenders required the applicants to deposit several amounts prior to the transfer of the approved capital, arguing different concepts, such as opening fees, management fees, etc.

Finally, after making several incomes and realizing that they did not receive the approved capital, the victims tried to contact the alleged lenders, who stopped responding to the messages and declined any type of communication with the clients.

Civil guards were able to verify that the recipients of the money paid by the injured were mules that used their account numbers to collect the money and then send it, by electronic transfer through financial and communication services companies, to different countries, where supposedly bank accounts would be the leaders of the organization.

The investigation shows that this is an international scam, since both the materialization of scams and economic transactions were carried out from other countries, such as France and Benin.

From the analysis of the information obtained so far it has been possible to determine that the amount scammed for these crimes amounts to 32,600 euros.

The agents have detected victims of this criminal activity in Cieza (Murcia), Benidorm (Alicante), Madrid, Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara), Pontevedra and Canarias, although it is estimated that the number of victims of the plot could exceed fifty.

The operation continues open, so new actions and arrests are not ruled out.

During the last few days, seven of the members of the criminal group, which comprised a family clan, have been located and detained / investigated. They are allegedly responsible for the crimes of fraud, forgery of a public document and belonging to a criminal organization. .

The Spanish arrested / investigated, between 32 and 54 years old and residents of Cieza, Abarán and Seville, along with the educated diligences, have been placed at the disposal of the Court of Instruction of Cieza (Murcia).

Source: Ministerio del Interior

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