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38 ‘money mules’ arrested for involvement in WhatsApp fraud

The police in Rotterdam arrested 38 suspects of WhatsApp fraud and bank account fraud last week. They are between the ages of 18 and 69. There are another 34 suspects on the radar; the police also expect to be able to arrest them quickly.

The suspects have all been recruited by criminals to use their account numbers. They are therefore also called money mules. They often receive a minimal fee to hand over their bank account number and PIN to criminals. They deposit their criminal money into such an account and thus remain invisible themselves.

The criminals made their money with ‘friend-in-emergency fraud’; the well-known apps in which someone pretends to be a friend or family member who urgently needs money. More than 300,000 euros has been earned in this way.

The police have been drawing attention to the phenomenon for years. Money mules are guilty of money laundering without being aware of it. Anyone caught will be prosecuted by the Public Prosecution Service. They also pay for the damage and can get a criminal record.

38 ‘money mules’ arrested for involvement in WhatsApp fraud
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