As a result of a sophisticated operation called “Cryptocarrency”
developed by Avon & Somerset Police, WiltShire Police and SEROCU, have been arrested for 6 people for stealing $ 22 million from all over the world.
Detained persons, including five men and one woman were caught in the morning of June 25, 2019 at 7:00 AM. They were detained at a home in Charlombe, Lower Weston in Bath Staverton, Wiltshire, Amsterdam and Rotterdam in Holland.
Investigations continue for this “typosquatting” operation involving an online cryptocurrency exchange was created as the “imitation site” of the original site to gain access to the victim’s accounts bitcoin wallets by stealing funds and login information.
Detective Inspector Louise Boyce of RCCU SW said: “Today’s guarantees were the result of my 14 months investigation by my team, assisted by colleagues in Europol, Eurojust, the Joint Task Force on Action against Information Crime (J-CAT) and NCA.
“The investigation has risen from a single £ 17k report worth bitcoin stolen from a Wiltshire-based victim on a current estimate of more than four thousand victims in at least 12 countries, and we expect the number to rise.
“As part of today’s operation, we have seized a large number of valuable equipment, assets and assets with great support from our colleagues in Avon and Somerset Police, Wiltshire Police, Tarian, and South East ROCU. The Metropolitan Police also provided vital help in the form of two cyber dogs, who played a key role in searching the homes of suspects, “said Boyce later.
Investigations continue in this difficult case and therefore all confiscated materials have been passed to the respective Prosecution Offices of the states in question.