Romania arrests five over credit card fraud

16th February 2011, Comments 0 comments

Romania has arrested five people in the break-up of a European-wide network of credit card forgers, Europol, the European Union's law enforcement agency, said Wednesday.

The group was active in Britain, Poland, Romania and Sweden.

Police searched 14 homes in the towns of Pitesti, Galati and Vaslui and seized 50,000 euros and 50,000 dollars in cash, The Hague-based Europol said in a statement.

International "coordination of investigative measures was necessary as several members of the same organised crime group were also arrested in Poland", said the agency.

The network specialised in forging credit cards and "skimming", the theft of credit card information from ATM machines.

© 2011 AFP

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