Antwerp police roll up a phishing gang that could loot 150,000 euros in a few days


During the lockdown period, the Antwerp local criminal investigation department tracked down the fraudster gang. In the period between March 27 and April 3, 2020, they defrauded thousands of euros by sending false emails to their victims. In total, this would amount to about 150,000 euros.

“They were very well organized,” said Wouter Bruyns of the police. “The leader of the gang had built up a whole entourage. With a draftsman who made the fake websites, for example. They were also looking for young people who wanted to make their bank card and bank account available to the gang in order to do the money transactions. After all, they also had. people who started to launder the money, in casinos for example. “

On Wednesday morning, the police was able to arrest 13 suspects during searches in Antwerp, Essen, Schelle and Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. There are currently 46 known victims, but there may be more.

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