International Law Enforcement Effort Nabs 118 Fraudsters Targeting Online Travel, Airline Sites
Dec. 1, 2014
While Americans were enjoying their turkey dinners on Thanksgiving, international law enforcement agencies, along with cooperation from the airline, travel and credit-card industries, conducted a global sting operation to fight online fraud. Europol, Interpol, Ameripol and local law enforcement agencies made 118 arrests on November 26 and 27 at airports in 45 countries, targeting people suspected of fraudulently purchasing airline tickets with stolen credit-card information.
Europol coordinated the operation, the major card brands and travel Websites assisted by identifying which transactions were likely fraudulent and Interpol helped out by rapidly identifying wanted suspects and detecting stolen travel documents at the arrest sites.
“This operation is another example of law enforcement and the private sector working seamlessly together, to prevent and fight cybercrime – this time identity theft and credit-card fraud,” said Europol Director Rob Wainwright. “We are reaching new levels with our cooperation and aim to become an unbeatable alliance with aspirations to make cyberspace as crime free as possible for global citizens.”