Several members of the group lived in luxury villas and received citizenship income
La Spezia – A gang specializing in computer scams has been defeated. The operation was conducted by the department of the Postal Police for Liguria, coordinated nationally by the Postal and Communications Police Service, under the direction of the Public Prosecutor’s Office at the Court of La Spezia and with the collaboration of the Postal Police Departments for Tuscany, Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. Eleven people, between 35 and 40 years old, were hit by precautionary measures.
The investigation was born around a couple who, with a certain frequency, withdrew from the bank, in Tuscany or in the Spezzino, suspicious sums of money, the proceeds – as it turned out – from the illegal activity of the organization.
In the gang there were the “telephone operators” who had the task of hooking up the victims directly from their homes, located in Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The mechanism of the deception was very complex: the criminals contacted a seller who had posted an ad on a merchandise trading site. And they offered him a purchase, with electronic payment.
But instead of sending money, the group of scammers, with various deceptions, stole information about the victims’ current accounts, thus managing to rob them. In several cases it induced the unfortunate person on duty to reload a prepaid card in the name of a gang member.
The investigations revealed that the scams were carried out by different “batteries”. The link between the different cells was represented by family ties: the members were all related to each other, a fact that made it particularly difficult, in the eyes of the investigators, to reconstruct the roles within the organization.
To ensure their anonymity and evade investigations, the scammers used various tricks, starting with encrypted communication chats.
As investigators found, most of the suspects lived in luxury villasprotected by walls and controlled by CCTV cameras.
In the availability of the suspects, some of whom are beneficiaries of the Basic incomeeven luxury cars (Lamborghini, Porsche and Range Rover), jewelry and Rolex.
At the moment it is estimated that the proceeds of the criminal organization’s activity may amount to several million euros.