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Europol. 20 Arrests in QQAAZZ multi-million money laundering case

An unprecedented international law enforcement operation involving 16 countries has resulted in the arrest of 20 individuals suspected of belonging to the QQAAZZ criminal network which attempted to launder... Read more »

Officers identify 715 potential victims of labour exploitation in two pan-European joint action days

210 Suspects identified in one-week operation Between 14 and 20 September 2020, Europol supported two Europe-wide joint action days against human trafficking for labour exploitation. The operation, also supported... Read more »

Roma. 166 arresti contro la criminalità organizzata nell’Europa Sudorientale

Europol Squadra compatta formata dalle forze di polizia europee che lavorano insieme per combattere la criminalità organizzata internazionale proveniente dall’Europa sudorientale. Questo è il senso dei Joint Action Days... Read more »

Hook, line and sinker: cybercrime network phishing bank credentials arrested in Romania

The criminal group sent phishing text messages and emails to get access to victims’ bank accounts A joint operation between Estonia, Lithuania and Romania, supported by Europol and Eurojust, led... Read more »

No safe market for fakes: 21 countries target illegal goods in Europe-wide sting

Nearly 28 million counterfeit and illegal goods including 27 million facemasks were seized Europe-wide operation Aphrodite has brought together 21 countries* to target counterfeit goods trafficking. The eight-month operation... Read more »

4 hackers arrested in Poland in nation-wide action against cybercrime

Today, the Polish authorities are announcing the arrest of 4 suspected hackers as part of a coordinated strike against cybercrime. Those arrested are believed to be among the most... Read more »

International sting against dark web vendors leads to 179 arrests

Today, a coalition of law enforcement agencies across the world announced the results of a coordinated operation known as DisrupTor which targeted vendors and buyers of illicit goods on... Read more »

Europol: 46 arrested in France and Italy in a hit against the ’Ndrangheta

On Tuesday 15 September, the French Gendarmerie (Gendarmerie Nationale) and the Italian Carabinieri Corps (Arma dei Carabinieri), supported by Europol and Eurojust, arrested 46 individuals (33 in France and... Read more »

No More Ransom: how 4 millions victims of ransomware have fought back against hackers

While the world is in the grip of a coronavirus outbreak, another virus is quietly wreaking havoc. Although this virus has been around for years, its cases have been... Read more »

Europol and European Commission lead new project to target organised crime in Eu Eastern Neighbourhood

A new Europol-led project, funded by the European Commission will focus on strengthening the capacity of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine to fight organised crime more effectively.... Read more »

Europol. Massive investigation in Italy combating online child sexual abuse

Communications took place through a popular instant messaging application, and they were referred to the police once they were detected by the service owners. A successful investigation to tackle... Read more »

Italy and Romania take down cyber fraud ring generating €20 million per year in criminal profits

The criminal group was using a large network of money mules in Italy to launder their criminal profits from a variety of cybercrime activities The Italian National Postal and... Read more »

12 Arrestes in big hit against ‘Ndrangheta mafia in Italy

During an action day in the early hours of 30 June 2020, over 200 officers from the Italian Carabinieri  (Arma dei Carabinieri) in Piedmont and the Italian State Police... Read more »

Fake wines sold under expensive italian labels off the market

Empty bottles of high quality wines were refilled with low quality beverage and marketed online as genuine ones “on offer” The Italian NAS Carabinieri of Florence (Arma dei Carabinieri),... Read more »

2.5 Tonnes of waste trafficked from the Canary Islands to Africa

700 kg of electrical waste and electronic equipment was among the waste seized by the Spanish Civil Guard (Guardia Civil) after a two-year investigation. An organised crime group has... Read more »

Individual arrested in Madrid for transferring money to Syria to fund the return of foreign terrorist fighters to Europe

On 9 June 2020, Europol supported the Spanish National Police (Policía Nacional) in arresting a man in Madrid suspected of transferring money between several European and Arabian countries via... Read more »

A record number of 1346 tonnes of illegal pesticides taken off the market in 2020 global operation Silver Axe

Counterfeits, banned products and unregulated imports targeted to protect health and the environment Europol coordinated the fifth edition of operation Silver Axe which saw twice the amount of illegal... Read more »

Europol: 3 arrested in Hungar y in €1.4 million VAT fraud investigation

Last week, the Hungarian National Tax and Customs Administration (Nemzeti Adó és Vámhivatal) unravelled a sophisticated tax evasion scheme which caused close to half a billion forints (€ 1.4... Read more »

International collaboration leads to arrest of child sexual abuser in Italy

Within 10 days of the discovery of the videos online, a 30-year old individual was arrested by the Italian State Police (Polizia di Stato) as a result of an... Read more »

101 arrested and 19,000 stolen artefacts recovered in international crackdown on art trafficking

More than 19,000 archaeological artefacts and other artworks have been recovered as part of a global operation spanning 103 countries and focusing on the dismantlement of international networks of... Read more »