UK Online Bank Fraudsters are Eastern European Gang
The Metropolitan Police Services (MPS) Police Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) has issued an update on the arrest yesterday in connection with a gang allegedly using a malicious Zeus Trojan computer virus to steal millions from UK online banking customers.
Details released of the individuals who allegedly ran the highly sophisticated crime ring to steal away the millions reveal the gang to be a group of Eastern Europeans all living in locations in the county of Essex.
Detectives charged a total of 11 people with conspiring to defraud between the 13th day of October 2009 and the 28th September 2010 HSBC, the Royal Bank of Scotland, Barclays Bank and Lloyds TSB, and their customers, by facilitating the transfers of monies from bank accounts into other bank accounts under their or other persons' control. Those charged consist of 4 male Ukrainians, one described as a self-employed web designer and three from the building industry, 1 unemployed female Ukrainian, 2 male Latvian supermarket workers, 1 unemployed female Latvian, 1 unemployed male Estonian and an unemployed male from Belarus.
Eight of the gang members are further charged with money laundering offences.
A final charge relates to a Georgian male arrested for offences under the Identity Cards Act 2005 namely for holding a Lithuanian passport that related to someone else.
All will ap pear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Thursday, 30 September. Further updates will be posted when available.
Nine other people (six men and three women) arrested in connection with the investigation have been bailed until late October pending further enquiries.
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