HomesecurityEuropol - Operation EMMA 7: 18.000 people launder dirty money

Europol - Operation EMMA 7: 18.000 people launder dirty money

Europol announced the arrest of 1.803 money mules out of 18.351 identified after an international money laundering operation codenamed "EMMA 7".


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As its name suggests, this was the seventh EMMA (European Money Mule Action), with the first taking place in 2016.

Europol's operation was based on a large-scale cooperation of law enforcement agencies in 27 countries between 15 September and 30 November 2021.

Countries involved in this global crackdown on money laundering are Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Sweden, Switzerland, Spain, United Kingdom, United States.

During these 2,5 months, 2.503 individual investigations led to the collection of evidence and information about illegal internet profits and their sources.

In total, the company prevented an estimated loss of 67,5 million euros by stopping or overturning 7.000 fraudulent transactions in 400 financial institutions.

Most of the EMMA 7 surveys focused on the international dimension of money laundering.

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Money mules are people who receive and transfer money on behalf of fraudsters, helping them to launder stolen money in exchange for a small amount.

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Although money mules are not involved in scams, they are still a vital link in the cybercrime chain, allowing hackers to "launder" money and enjoy the fruits of their malicious work.

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