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Dark web hitman identified through crypto-analysis

Europol supported the Italian Postal and Communication Police (Polizia Postale e delle Comunicazioni) in arresting an Italian national suspected of hiring a hitman on the dark web. The hitman, hired through an internet assassination website hosted on the TOR network, was payed about €10 000 worth in Bitcoins to kill the ex-girlfriend of the suspect. 
  • 7 avril 2021 à 13:00

Hungarian authorities break up €8 million VAT fraud scheme

The Hungarian National Tax and Customs Administration (NTCA) has dismantled an organised criminal group (OCG) suspected of facilitating VAT fraud and money laundering. The criminal activities caused more than €8.2 million in tax loss to the Hungarian state budget.
  • 31 mars 2021 à 13:00

Follow the money: members of drug trafficking network arrested for money laundering in Germany and Luxembourg

At the request of France, authorities in Germany and Luxembourg carried out a coordinated blow on the network which was set up to launder proceeds from drug trafficking
  • 31 mars 2021 à 09:30

9 million fake sedative pills removed from circulation by Hungarian and Norwegian Police

Over 9 million counterfeit sedative tablets have been seized as a result of a joint operation between the Hungarian National Police (Magyar Rendőrség) and the Norwegian Police (Politi) with the support of Europol and Eurojust.  The two leaders of this criminal network were arrested in Hungary, alongside three of their accomplices, as a result of house searches carried out on 24-25 March.  The criminals were producing counterfeit Clonazepam tablets in an underground laboratory. Some 250 kilos and 300 litres of various precursors were found on-the-spot. 
  • 29 mars 2021 à 16:53

Three arrested in Spain for terrorist financing

The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) supported by Europol, arrested three individuals in Madrid and Santa Cruz de Tenerife for their suspected involvement in the facilitation of terrorist financing.
  • 26 mars 2021 à 12:00

Five arrests in hit against investment fraudsters

On 4 March 2021, Europol supported a hit on a large investment fraud network operating in several EU Member States. The investigation, led the by Lithuanian Police (Lietuvos Policija) and involving law enforcement authorities from Germany, Sweden and the United Kingdom was also assisted by Eurojust.
  • 25 mars 2021 à 10:00

37 arrests in a hit on counterfeiters of high quality €500 fake banknotes in Spain

On 9 March 2021, Europol supported the Spanish authorities in dismantling an organised crime group involved in the distribution of high quality counterfeit euro banknotes, fraud and money laundering. Law enforcement authorities from Germany and Sweden also assisted the investigation. 
  • 23 mars 2021 à 13:50

Lured into street prostitution: 19 arrests in latest hit against human traffickers

On 9 March, Europol supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and the Service of Countering Organised Criminality Giurgiu within the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) in a hit against an organised crime group involved in sexual exploitation. 
  • 20 mars 2021 à 10:30

Gang smuggling migrants via the Balkan route busted in Germany

On 17 March, Europol supported the German Federal Police, Criminal Investigation Unit Halle (Bundespolizeiinspektion Kriminalitätsbekämpfung Halle) in dismantling an organised crime group smuggling migrants from Turkey to Germany. 
  • 17 mars 2021 à 15:18

Beware of scam using the name of Europol’s Executive Director

We have been made aware of scams using the name of Europol’s Executive Director. Emails or messages on Social Media, written in different languages, use the name of Catherine de Bolle to make it sound serious and legitimate.    Don’t be misled – this correspondence is fake. Europol’s Executive Director would never directly contact members of the public requesting an immediate action or threatening individuals with opening a criminal investigation.
  • 15 mars 2021 à 12:54

Spanish Police seize first ever narco-submarine made in Europe

The Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), in close cooperation with Europol and law enforcement from five other countries, have seized in the city of Málaga the first ever half-submersible vessel being built on European territory. Similar vessels captured in the past have always been of Latin American manufacture.    The seizure was made in the framework of Operation FERRO, a high-level law enforcement operation against an organised crime group involved in large-scale drugs trafficking. 
  • 15 mars 2021 à 12:00

Illegal mobile application with more than 100 million users taken down in Spain

Europol supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) to dismantle a criminal group distributing illegal video streams. The investigation also involved law enforcement authorities from Andorra and Portugal.
  • 11 mars 2021 à 10:30

New major interventions to block encrypted communications of criminal networks

Judicial and law enforcement authorities in Belgium, France and the Netherlands have in close cooperation enabled major interventions to block the further use of encrypted communications by large-scale organised crime groups (OCGs), with the support of Europol and Eurojust. The continuous monitoring of the criminal use of the Sky ECC communication service tool by investigators in the three countries involved has provided invaluable insights into hundreds of millions of messages exchanged between criminals.
  • 10 mars 2021 à 18:15

Seizure of €14 million worth of contraband cigarette leads to 13 arrests in Danish-Dutch sting

A total of 13 individuals were arrested in Denmark for their alleged role in smuggling counterfeit cigarettes produced in a clandestine factory and destined to the United Kingdom.  The timely exchange of intelligence via Europol between the Danish, Dutch and Polish investigators was essential in the success of the investigation carried in the framework of the European Multidisciplinary Platform Against Criminal Threats (EMPACT).
  • 9 mars 2021 à 12:00

Cute, but deadly: law enforcement seize over €16 million worth of fake toys

Close to 5 million counterfeit toys have been confiscated as a result of Operation LUDUS organised by Europol with the support of OLAF and the EUIPO. 
  • 8 mars 2021 à 09:00

Trace An Object initiative expands to the Asia Pacific region

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) is launching today its own version of the Europol ‘Stop Child Abuse - Trace An Object’ public appeal to help identify more children victim of sexual abuse. A total of nine non-confrontational details of images extracted from child sexual abuse cold cases are being made public today by the AFP, such as piece of clothing or bedding. 
  • 3 mars 2021 à 09:00

Gang smuggling Indian nationals busted in Romania

Europol supported the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) to dismantle an organised crime group involved in migrant smuggling. Law enforcement authorities from Austria, Czechia, Germany, Hungary, Poland and Serbia also supported the investigation. 
  • 2 mars 2021 à 11:52

Exploitation on the construction site: 38 arrested in France, Romania and Moldova for abusing migrant workers

An investigation by the French Border Police as part of the National Police (Police aux Frontières / Police judiciaire), the Romanian Police (Poliția Română) and the Moldovan Police (Inspectoratul General de Poliție), supported by Europol and Eurojust, led officers to dismantle an organised crime group involved in migrant smuggling, human trafficking for labour exploitation, document fraud, social benefit fraud and money laundering.
  • 25 février 2021 à 10:30

Police dismantle criminal network linked to international VAT fraud trading vegetable oil

The Polish Central Anti-Corruption Bureau (Centralne Biuro Antykorupcyjne) and German Tax Office for Prosecution and Criminal Matters in Berlin (Finanzamt für Fahndung und Strafsachen Berlin), with the support of Europol dismantled an organised crime group involved in international VAT fraud and money laundering. The fraud scheme revolved around the trade of vegetable oil and caused the Polish treasury to lose an estimated €17.8 million in tax. On an action day on 18 February 2021, investigators raided 45 locations across Germany and Poland resulting in the arrest of twelve suspects.
  • 19 février 2021 à 16:54

Europol and the World Anti-Doping Agency to tackle doping together

Today, 18 February 2021, Europol and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) sign a Memorandum of Understanding to reinforce the cooperation in the fight against the illegal production and distribution of doping substances and their use for the manipulation of sports competitions. 
  • 18 février 2021 à 16:00

COVID-19 chiefs of police working group meets to talk pandemic and fighting crime threats

On Friday 12 February, Europol’s Executive Director, Catherine De Bolle welcomed Vittorio Rizzi, Deputy Director-General of Police and Director of the Criminal Police in Italy, to Europol’s headquarters. Together they chaired the fourth Working Group on COVID-19 Crime Threats and Law Enforcement Responses.
  • 15 février 2021 à 14:57

VAT fraud clampdown: international scam with memory cards uncovered in the Netherlands

On 10 February 2021, the investigation service of the Dutch tax authorities -FIOD (Fiscale Inlichtingen en OpsporingsDienst) busted a criminal network involved in international VAT fraud with electronic devices traded via an online company. Fraudsters established a complex trading scheme with Secure Digital (SD) memory cards for electronic devices, which is believed to have defrauded the Dutch treasury of an estimated €9 million between 2017 and 2019.
  • 12 février 2021 à 12:00

Irish family-based gang targeted in probe into €4 million laundering

On 10 February, the Criminal Asset Bureau of the Irish National Police (An Garda Síochána) took action against a criminal gang suspected of large-scale money laundering.  Fund transfers in excess of €4 million were identified from other jurisdictions to Irish bank accounts linked to members of this criminal network. The gang is believed to have made this money from illegal activity across Europe. 
  • 12 février 2021 à 10:30

SIRIUS Annual Advisory Board Meeting: Celebrating a Full Partnership Between Europol and Eurojust

With more than 1,200 new registered members last year, the release of the EU Digital Evidence Situation Report 2020 and a growing hub of information and resources for EU authorities, the SIRIUS project hosted yesterday its annual Advisory Board meeting to present its 2020 main achievements.
  • 12 février 2021 à 09:00

Ten hackers arrested for string of SIM-swapping attacks against celebrities

A total of 8 criminals have been arrested on 9 February as a result of an international investigation into a series of sim swapping attacks targeting high-profile victims in the United States. These arrests follow earlier ones in Malta (1) and Belgium (1) of other members belonging to the same criminal network. 
  • 10 février 2021 à 10:00

105 arrested for stealing over €12 million from US-based banks

A cross-border operation coordinated by Europol and led by the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) and the US Secret Service resulted in the dismantling of an organised crime group involved in fraud and money laundering. The operation involved also police services from Austria, Denmark and Greece as well as the US Department of Justice and the US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN).
  • 3 février 2021 à 11:30

Sun, sea and scams: six arrests for forging money and documents in Bulgaria

Europol supported the Bulgarian authorities to take down an organised crime group involved in currency and document counterfeiting. US Secret Service also supported the operation. During the operation, the Bulgarian authorities dismantled one print shop counterfeiting currency in a Bulgarian seaside resort and two print shops forging documents situated near the Bulgarian cities Plovdiv and Shumen. 
  • 1 février 2021 à 17:24

Europol warning on the illicit sale of false negative COVID-19 test certificates

As long as travel restrictions remain in place due to the pandemic, it is very likely that criminals will seize the opportunity of producing and selling fake COVID-19 test certificates, warns a Europol Early Warning Notification published today. Several cases have already emerged of fraudulent COVID-19 test certificates being sold to travellers:
  • 1 février 2021 à 12:00

Organised crime groups fuel a rise in violent crime in the EU

A new report by Europol warns that organised crime groups are increasingly employing violence in pursuit of their criminal objectives, and such violence represents a threat to public security in the EU. Based on an analysis of contributions made by Member States to Europol in recent years, there has been a rise in the number of violent incidents associated with serious and organised crime. Furthermore, the analysis points to an increasing willingness from criminal groups to resort to lethal violence.  
  • 29 janvier 2021 à 09:00

Half a million in fake euros seized in Romania

Europol supported the Romania authorities to dismantle an organised crime group counterfeiting euros and Romanian lei. Law enforcement authorities from Austria, Belgium, Germany and Spain and the European Central Bank also assisted the investigation. A clue discovered by the investigators led to the action day on 27 January 2021 as the network was planning to put counterfeit banknotes equivalent to €50 000 into circulation. 
  • 28 janvier 2021 à 11:30

International fraud in forex trade and binary options busted in Andorra

Spain’s Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) together with Catalan police (Mossos d’Esquadra), Andorra and Europol have teamed up to dismantle an investment fraud in foreign exchange and binary options markets. The scam is believed to have an international scope. Led by Andorran Police under the judicial direction of Specialized Batllia Instruction 2, an operation carried out in January has resulted in the arrest of six suspected fraudsters aged between 20 and 34 years. The nabbed suspects allegedly defrauded thousands of clients via an investment training company.
  • 28 janvier 2021 à 10:27

World’s most dangerous malware EMOTET disrupted through global action

Law enforcement and judicial authorities worldwide have this week disrupted one of most significant botnets of the past decade: EMOTET. Investigators have now taken control of its infrastructure in an international coordinated action. 
  • 27 janvier 2021 à 13:00

Successful hit against drug trafficking in the EU

The Polish Police Central Bureau of Investigation (Policja) arrested seven suspects allegedly linked to a high-risk poly-criminal organised network operating in different EU countries. Supported by Europol and Eurojust, the arrests follow a two-year-long investigation into an organised criminal group producing, smuggling and marketing large volume of drugs, mainly marijuana, from Spain to EU countries.
  • 26 janvier 2021 à 15:00

Cigarette smugglers’ activities up in smoke after illegal factories dismantled across Europe

On 21 January, close to 14 million of cigarettes and 186 tonnes of cut tobacco were seized during an action day carried out in Belgium and the Netherlands. All 7 workers present in the illegal factory in the Netherlands were also arrested. The illegal factory dismantled in Jemeppe-sur-Sambre in Belgium was one of the largest ever uncovered to date (6 000m2).
  • 26 janvier 2021 à 14:00

Nine arrests in hit against network smuggling migrants via the Greek-Turkish land border

On 20 January 2021, the Hellenic Police (Ελληνική Αστυνομία), supported by Europol, dismantled an organised crime group smuggling migrants from Turkey to Greece by land. After passing the border crossing, the migrants were forced to walk in groups of 3 to 10 people for several days until they reached a predefined location. From there, members of the smuggling network would pick them up by car to bring them to a safe house in Northern Greece. Afterwards, the migrants were transported to Thessaloniki and from there on to Athens, using sophisticated methods to avoid police detection.
  • 22 janvier 2021 à 12:00

Europol and EPPO establish working relationship

The European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO) and Europol, the EU Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation, have set the basis of their future cooperation, in the form of a working arrangement. The working arrangement was approved late 2020 by EPPO’s College and Europol’s Management Board and signed in Luxembourg by the European Chief Prosecutor, Laura Kövesi, after Europol’s Executive Director Catherine De Bolle signed it in The Hague.
  • 21 janvier 2021 à 10:00

Money-laundering gang with links to South American cartels busted in Spain

Par CorpComm_SL
Europol supported the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) and the US Drug Enforcement Administration to dismantle an organised crime group laundering money for major South American cartels. 
  • 20 janvier 2021 à 14:04

France arrests 14 suspects in sweep against child sexual abuse online

Par CorpComm_NS
A nation-wide operation led by the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie nationale) with the support of Europol that targeted suspects who sexually exploited children online has netted 14 arrests. Code-named ‘Horus’ the operation took place between 16 and 20 November 2020. The alleged suspects used social media networks to approach minors aged between 12 and 13 and lured them into sharing intimate images and videos. The arrested suspects are said to have had no links between them and three have already been sentenced.
  • 20 janvier 2021 à 10:37

Crime against the elderly: four arrests in Germany and Poland

Par CorpComm_AG
Police authorities in Berlin (Germany) and Poznan (Poland) have apprehended a group of fraudsters targeting elderly people with a phone scam similar to the one known as the ‘nephew trick’. The imposters called their potential victims in Austria and Germany pretending to be officials calling on behalf of their relatives in need of help. They called elderly people telling them that a relative had been involved in an accident and asked them for money so their relative would avoid arrest. 
  • 20 janvier 2021 à 09:25

Returning foreign fighter arrested in Spain

Par CorpComm_NS
The suspect was part of the so-called Islamic State in the Iraqi-Syrian conflict zone.
  • 12 janvier 2021 à 14:38

DarkMarket: world's largest illegal dark web marketplace taken down

Par CorpComm_SL
DarkMarket, the world's largest illegal marketplace on the dark web, has been taken offline in an international operation involving Germany, Australia, Denmark, Moldova, Ukraine, the United Kingdom (the National Crime Agency), and the USA (DEA, FBI, and IRS). Europol supported the takedown with specialist operational analysis and coordinated the cross-border collaborative effort of the countries involved.
  • 12 janvier 2021 à 14:35

Europol and Frontex to exchange liaison officers

Par CorpComm_SL
In December, Europol and Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency signed an agreement to exchange liaison officers. The agreement is part of the Joint Action Plan signed by the Executive Directors of the two agencies last year, aimed at strengthening the agencies’ common effort in enhancing the security of EU citizens.  The liaison officers will contribute to information exchange between both agencies. 
  • 11 janvier 2021 à 10:11

Europol and Eurojust sign new contribution agreement expanding cooperation on the SIRIUS project

Par CorpComm_AG
This week, Europol and Eurojust signed a contribution agreement that will expand their partnership in supporting law enforcement and judicial authorities with cross-border access to electronic evidence. This new agreement, in place from January 2021 to June 2024, reinforces the success of the SIRIUS project and sets about its second phase of development and enhancement. 
  • 23 décembre 2020 à 17:15

Cybercriminals’ favourite VPN taken down in global action

Par CorpComm_SL
The virtual private network (VPN) Safe-Inet used by the world’s foremost cybercriminals has been taken down yesterday in a coordinated law enforcement action led by the German Reutlingen Police Headquarters together with Europol and law enforcement agencies from around the world. 
  • 21 décembre 2020 à 18:19

Customs thwart illegal cigarette trade in the EU and UK: 17 arrests and 67 million cigarettes seized

Par CorpComm_SL
Law enforcement authorities from 15 EU Member States* and the UK teamed up last month to dismantle a criminal network illegally trading cigarettes. Supported by Europol and the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF), the joint operation took place between 2 and 13 November 2020. Led by the customs departments of Lithuania and the UK, the operation was facilitated by intelligence analysis of excise duty suspension abuse.
  • 21 décembre 2020 à 10:43

€6 million in illegal profit of fraudulent organic pistachio sales

Par CorpComm_AG
The Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil), supported by the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale) and Europol have dismantled an organised crime group involved in the production, distribution and sale of alleged organic pistachios which did not meet required ecological standards. 
  • 18 décembre 2020 à 12:36

Europol and the European Commission inaugurate new decryption platform to tackle the challenge of encrypted material for law enforcement investigations

Par CorpComm_SL
This week Europol launched an innovative decryption platform, developed in close cooperation with the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. It will significantly increase Europol’s capability to decrypt information lawfully obtained in criminal investigations.
  • 17 décembre 2020 à 20:26

19 arrests for smuggling irregular migrants from Morocco to the Spanish Canary Islands

Par CorpComm_SL
On 3 December 2020, Europol supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional), to dismantle an organised crime group smuggling irregular migrants from Morocco to the Canary Islands.  The criminal network, active in Spain and Morocco, was facilitating illegal and often life-threatening crossings from the Moroccan Atlantic Coast towards the Spanish Canary Islands. The irregular migrants crossed the sea in cayucos – wooden boats similar to canoes capable of sailing in open waters – often purchased from those working in the fishing industry in Africa.
  • 17 décembre 2020 à 14:07

Spain dismantles top Russian-speaking organised crime network that had infiltrated public institutions

Par CorpComm_SL
On 14 December, Europol supported the Spanish National Police (Policiá National) to take down a large Russian-speaking high-risk organised crime network involved in corruption and money laundering in Spain. The large-scale criminal network, implicated in a number of other criminal activities including murder, drug trafficking, arms trafficking, trafficking of human beings and extortion was active across Europe, South America and the United States.
  • 17 décembre 2020 à 10:08

Finnish Customs take down Sipulimarket on the dark web with Europol support

Par CorpComm_SL
Today the Finnish Customs (Tulli) have shut down the Sipulimarket dark web marketplace and seized all its content. This latest hit against the dark web was done in close cooperation with the Polish Provincial Police Headquarters in Wroclaw (Komenda Wojewódzka Policji we Wroclawiu) and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) and Eurojust. 
  • 8 décembre 2020 à 18:53