On Monday, the European law enforcement agency said the 39-year-old arrested in Singapore, after a suspicious transaction. Specifically, his request for a transfer of funds to a bank in the country was investigated and rejected.
According to the authorities, the accused participated in one scam in which an anonymous pharmaceutical company based in Europe, lost € 6,64 million. The defendant represented a legal entity that promised rapid supply and delivery of FFP2 surgical masks and disinfectants, products that have become invaluable in combating it. COVID-19, while at the same time allowing the continuation of key operations, research projects and services.
The pharmaceutical company paid the money she was asked for, but the supplies she had been waiting for were never delivered and the man disappeared.
The company informed Europol about the incident and she in turn signaled to the Singapore authorities to stop it. transaction. As soon as the country's authorities identified the suspicious transaction, they managed to arrest the man on March 25.
Both Europol and law enforcement around the world are constantly fighting to combat fraud related to pandemic. The agency released a report in March describing how the crime scene has changed due to a corona, including how "criminals rushed to take advantage of the crisis by adapting their techniques or participating in new criminal activities." .
These include speculation on protective tools and drugs and the illicit trade in counterfeit or treatable counterfeits. coronavirus. Taking advantage of the employees who now rely on teleconferencing services and digital solutions and relying on the anxiety and fear that the general public feels, they are creating electronic scams.
"The number of cyberattacks against organizations and individuals is significant and is expected to increase," Europol said. "Criminals have used the COVID-19 crisis to carry out social engineering attacks on the pandemic, distributing various malware packages […] and are also likely to seek to exploit a growing number of attackers, as a larger number of employers allows connections to the systems of their organizations for teleworking. ”
Last month, Europol seized 13m euros in drugs that were illegally sold to consumers as fake treatments or preventive measures against COVID-19. The Pangea operation involved police forces from 90 countries and resulted in the abolition of 37 organized crime groups and 4,4 million packages of drugs seized, most of which were painkillers and antibiotics.