The UK Metropolitan Police’s Central e-Crime Unit (PCeU) in collaboration with SOCA Cyber have arrested a number of three individuals suspected of being responsible for publishing over 2,000 phishing web pages on the Internet.
The sites they set up were designed to mimic the ones of various banks in an attempt to trick unsuspecting users into handing over their banking details.
According to authorities, the suspects – one Nigerian and two Romanians – have been arrested on October 29 at a Central London Hotel. They’re accused of conspiracy to defraud and money laundering.
“This is the first joint operation between the PCeU and SOCA Cyber as we move towards full integration and inception of the National Cyber Crime Unit on 1 October 2013,” Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie, head of the PCeU, explained
“The dynamic nature and successful outcome of this operation, which has prevented distress and financial loss to numerous UK victims, clearly demonstrates the benefit of brigading resources and expertise in this increasing and specialist area of criminality.”