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Dutch launch crackdown on internet fraud

16 November 2005

AMSTERDAM — Police believe they have struck an important blow against internet fraud following a series of raids across the Netherlands in recent weeks.

Nine ‘chief suspects’ were held in police raids on Tuesday. Earlier 14 other people were arrested as part of the crackdown on the gangs behind fraud on the internet.

The national police operation was coordinated by the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Zwolle and was mainly directed against people who offer goods for sale over the internet but don’t deliver after taking the victim’s money. An investigation revealed that many victims do not report the fraud to the authorities.

Police seized computers, bank cards and documentation in a series of raids in  Amsterdam, Zandvoort, Roosendaal, Roermond, Deventer and The Hague. The police launched the operation after an increase in complaints about internet-based fraud.

Detectives drew up a list of the chief suspects, who usually avoid detection by using account numbers provided by third parties.

The police said on Wednesday that they had only exposed the tip of the iceberg so far. For instance, in one case when 160 people were ripped off, only three reported the crime to the police. The police are now dealing with 250 complaints about fraud totalling EUR 100,000. 

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2005]

Subject: Dutch news