The Dutch police arrested eight men and a woman on Tuesday for involvement in a criminal organization that has stolen millions of euros through phishing. The police did this after an investigation by the Belgian judiciary.
The police units in Amsterdam, Central Netherlands, West Brabant, Rotterdam, East Netherlands and The Hague also carried out 24 house searches. A firearm, expensive watches and tens of thousands of euros in cash were seized.
The arrested suspects are men between the ages of 25 and 36 from Amsterdam, Almere, Rotterdam and Spijkenisse and a 25-year-old woman from Deventer. They are suspected of phishing (fishing for login details and other sensitive information), internet fraud and money laundering.
The Belgian police reported that dozens of Belgian victims of the gang are known. They were approached via e-mails, text messages, WhatsApp messages and then led to a counterfeit (banking) website via a phishing link. For example, the criminal network gained access to the accounts of the victims and was estimated to loot several million euros.
The arrested suspects are in custody and their surrender to Belgium is underway.