London arrests in connection with phishing crimes

Three men have been arrested in London on suspicion of involvement with an internet scam targeting online banking customers.

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The suspects – two Romanians and a Nigerian – were held at a central London hotel last night and questioned on suspicion of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.

The arrests followed reports that 2,000 phishing pages, emulating genuine bank sites, were uploaded to fool unsuspecting victims into entering their confidential details. This resulted in a substantial number of accounts being illegally accessed and having money withdrawn from them.

A number of compters were also seized by Met Police officers from the Central e-Crime Unit, working in partnership with investigators from SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency). The investigation continues in London and the Midlands.

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