Fraud Group of the Oslo police, in cooperation with Europol fielded an extensive international network of fraudsters. Altogether 105 people arrested.
– To date, 105 arrested of whom 29 people were in Malaysia and 76 in Europe. Several of those arrested are traffickers in a highly organized network with headquarters in England, said police superintendent Morten Drægni, who is Head of the fraud and identity theft in the unit of Oslo police.
Besides Malaysia, the investigation has been conducted in 14 European countries.
The network, which police called “one day shoppers” have used fake credit cards to buy supplies worth nearly 47 million kroner in Norway and Europe. Then, members go back to England to sell the goods, according to Europol.
– It has been found in possession of 3,000 copied credit cards, several fake passports, jewelry and cash. The investigation has also taken down two illegal production sites for credit cards in Malaysia, explained Drægni.
Norway’s cooperation with Europol group arrested six British nationals in Oslo last December.
– British bought watches for several hundred thousand kroner with copied credit cards. Together with Europol we found out that this has been going on in several European countries and we have helped further the cooperation which has resulted in several arrests, said Drægni.
Police would not comment on whether there will be further arrests.
Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today