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Ten Brits arrested in Spain for €8 million ‘boiler room scam’

PUBLISHED: November 30, 2012 at 10:39 am  •  LAST EDITED: December 7, 2012 at 9:48 am
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Ten Brits arrested in Spain for €8 million ‘boiler room scam’

• The gang are believed to have conned hundreds of Brits

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TEN Britons are among 22 people arrested in a multi-million-euro fraud bust.

The gang are believed to be responsible for defrauding over 200 Brits out of €8 million in a ‘boiler room scam’.

Using telemarketing campaigns, the group persuaded victims to hand over large sums of money for investment packages that did not  exist.

The investigation, a collaboration between the National Police, Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA) and City of London Police, also resulted in the seizure of four firearms, ammunition and €367,000.

“Investment fraud is all too often a crime created abroad to target people back here in the UK, with the vulnerable members of society being most at risk,” said Det Supt Tony Crampton, from City of London Police.

“In order to get to grips with this criminality and target the fraudsters who feel they are operating outside the law, it is necessary to develop international alliances between law enforcement and counter fraud agencies.

“This successful operation in Spain provides further evidence of how these partnerships are now delivering the sort of results that should make organised crime gangs think twice before starting their criminal enterprise,” he added.

The gang, who were arrested in various locations across Cataluna, changed addresses regularly and used the name of a non-profit organisation.

Five British nationals have been released on bail while the rest of the group remain in custody.

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stephen Kerbel

December 3rd, 2012 10:41 pm

So what was this outrageous con. Victims must feel such fools. I bet thousands never say they’ve been conned. There should be a blog where people can tell their stories anonimously as a warning. Olive Press, will you set one up?

British Mum

June 28th, 2013 11:08 pm

I didn’t realize how vulnerable I was after my fella’s ex came ‘back n the scene’, I let go and poured my heart out to this seemingly genuine broker in his regular calls to me. He must have seen my heart as my purse, it was wide open and he dived in. Several months later they disappear, so too did the holding company and almost £60,000 that I’d invested. I’d been to meet the team at their City of London offices and the news article links that were sent to me added weight to authenticity.

These people must be forever on edge, waiting for the dawn raid and seizure of assets.

I’ll always be a trusting person, number one on my list is the law.

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