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NSW Police Break Up Alleged Massive E-mail Fraud Outfit

NSW Police have charged four members of an alleged fraud syndicate, following an investigation into business e-mail scams run across the State.

It’s understood police will allege in court that the three were involved in the laundering of more than $480,000, $90,000 and $17,000, respectively, all fraudulently obtained through business e-mail compromises.

At Sydney’s Villawood Immigration Detention Centre, they arrested a 43-year-old Nigerian man alleged to have been the ringleader, coordinating scams valued at more than $3 million.

Strike Force Woolana investigators, assisted by Australian Border Force (ABF), executed three search warrants at the centre. They seized 16 mobile phones, as well as SIM cards, ID information and electronic storage devices.

The Nigerian was charged with directing activities of a criminal group, along with two counts of knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime, and possessing identity info to commit an indictable offence.

Strike Force Woolana was set up earlier this year by the State Crime Command’s Cybercrime Squad to investigate organised criminal syndicates involved in fraudulent activities.

Earlier last week police had charged a 36-year-old Kingswood woman with 11 counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime; while a 20-year-old Chester Hill man was charged with seven counts of recklessly dealing with the proceeds of crime,.

Cybercrime squad commander Det. Superintendent Arthur Katsogiannis has urged businesses to review their electronic account payment practices to better protect themselves against such scams.

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