The Judiciary Police (PJ), through the Financial Information Unit, froze 340 million euros over the past year. At stake were banking operations suspected of originating in various crimes, such as computer scams, drug trafficking, and terrorist financing. According to the “Morning mail”, this is the highest recorded value and is almost five times higher than that recorded in the previous year. In the last six years alone, as a result of money laundering from the crime of financing terrorism, the PJ froze transactions worth more than 670 million euros.
In cases where there are suspicious bank transactions, banking institutions alert the Judiciary Police. Last year, 9140 communications were made, of which 297 resulted in account freezes. In addition to the banks, other entities are also obliged to report suspicious transactions to the authorities, such as coffee shops and butchers, for example.
In the investigation, the Financial Information Unit is paying attention to high cash deposits, risky goods, such as works of art and jewelry and small deposits with different origins, an indication of computer fraud. In addition, deposits originating in countries like Angola and China are noteworthy.
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