The National Police has informed this Saturday of the dismantling of a criminal organization of Nigerian origin specialized in counterfeit bank cards, Internet fraud, forgery of documents and money laundering. Its 36 members have been arrested for a fraud that exceeds one and a half million euros and whose victims reside in a total of 37 countries.
This investigation is the result of the strategy designed by the National Police to fight against criminal networks dedicated to the commission of all types of crimes against the patrimony through Internet and that, together with the rest of the investigations carried out during the year 2019, has allowed dismantle 32 criminal organizations or groups, with more than 300 detainees throughout the Spanish territory.
The Market operation began after an exhaustive analysis of operations with bank cards sold in specialized carding forums, which is what is called the illegitimate use of credit cards belonging to other people in order to obtain goods by fraud with them. This same analysis was also carried out in the darkweb clandestine markets, which is how you know the content that can be found in the different networks that can only be accessed with specific programs.
The researchers found a point of compromise on the online platform of a well-known supermarket. In a systematic way, the establishment endured illegal actions because all its procedures for requesting, verifying and issuing bank cards were violated and, as a consequence, more than 70 fraudulent bank cards had been issued, with which a fraud of more than 1,500,000 euros had been carried out.
In the first phase, documentation was provided with different false identities for the issuance of bank cards to the financial issuer of payment cards. Subsequently, once received at the homes under the control of those investigated, the fraudulent use of the cards took place, depleting the existing credit in them.
Finally, criminals paid the debt generated online by providing fraudulent foreign bank card numbers obtained in private internet forums, as well as in the deep web and darknet. That’s how citizens of 37 countries as diverse as Panama, Malaysia, China or Colombia They have been affected by this fraud.
To sell in the secondary market these products had profiles in the main social networks and sales platforms between individuals, in which they offered them at prices significantly lower than the originals.
Among the measures brought by the organization to avoid being detected by investigators are the use of false identity documents, different techniques to make your activities anonymous online or making purchases from abroad. All this in an attempt to make it virtually impossible to track their activities by law enforcement officials.
The investigating judicial body ordered the entry and registration simultaneously in the six domiciles of the principal investigated, distributed throughout the province of Madrid, as well as the detention and judicial provision of the main collaborators, taking made a total of 36 arrests. Numerous high-end technological products fraudulently purchased, as well as cash, forged documents and computer material dedicated to this criminal aspect, have been recovered in the records made. Internal accounting documents used by members of the organization have also been intervened.
During the past year, the National Police carried out various operations related to this same criminal typology, with a result of 32 disjointed criminal organizations or groups and more than 300 people detained.