A Europol news release on 2 December advised that law enforcement authorities from 26 countries and Europol announce the results of the European Money Mule Action ‘EMMA 6’, a worldwide operation against money mule schemes. Between September and November, EMMA 6 was carried out for the sixth consecutive year with the support of the European Banking Federation, FinTech FinCrime Exchange, Interpol and Western Union. As a result, 4,031 money mules were identified alongside 227 money mule recruiters, and 422 individuals were arrested worldwide. During the span of the operation, 1,529 criminal investigations were initiated. With the support of the private sector including more than 500 banks and financial institutions, 4,942 fraudulent money mule transactions were identified, preventing a total loss estimated at €33.5 million.
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