The law enforcement agencies of twenty-five countries detained 2,469 money carriers and their organizers during their three-month operation, thereby preventing the laundering of 17.5 million euros, according to a report published on Monday by the European Union’s Hague-based police cooperation organization (Europol).
The operation against European money carriers (EMMA8), now in its eighth year, targeted the couriers and the criminals who organized them not only in Europe, but also outside – in Colombia, Singapore and Australia. In addition to the arrests, the authorities also identified around 8,800 money carriers and 222 recruiters, as well as 4,089 fraudulent financial transactions.
The police operation, which lasted from the beginning of September to the end of November, was supported by the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) and the European Banking Association (EBF) with the involvement of around 1,800 financial institutions.
Europol has drawn attention to the fact that the activity of money transporters plays a significant role in international money laundering, enabling criminals to move funds quickly and efficiently through a network of accounts, often located in different countries.
This week, Europol, together with its international partners, the European Banking Association and financial institutions, draws attention to this crime and its criminal consequences in the framework of a campaign.
Europol particularly draws people’s attention to the fact that if anyone is approached by unknown persons to accept money in cash or to a bank account and then deliver the amount to a third party in return for a commission, everyone should save the evidence, refuse the request and immediately notify the his bank and the police.
Source: Magyar Nemzet by magyarnemzet.hu.
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