Europol on 26th April reported that Romanian and Dutch Police, with the support of Europol and Eurojust, swooped on suspects believed to be part of an organised crime group involved in fake carrier fraud.  This follows a complex investigation initiated in March 2018 looking into the activities of this criminal network, composed mainly of Romanian nationals.  They ‘spoofed’ real e-mail addresses of cargo companies, pretending to be the companies’ representatives.  They then received offers for cargo services from various victims, signed the counterfeit contracts, and scheduled the date and place of the cargo delivery.  Once they received the cargo, the members of the gang appropriated the prepayment for the cargo service and the cargo itself, using forged documents and vehicles with fake licence plates.  The stolen cargo, which was later resold within the EU at a lower price, contained a variety of goods, ranging from solar panels to aluminium bars and clothing.


Author: raytodd2017

Chartered Legal Executive and former senior manager with Isle of Man Customs and Excise, where I was (amongst other things) Sanctions Officer (for UN/EU sanctions), Export Licensing Officer and Manager of the Legal-Library & Collectorate Support Section

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