Cyber ​​laundering: the EMMA 6 operation in 26 countries

Cyber ​​laundering: the EMMA 6 operation in 26 countries
Extensive operation coordinated by Europol and conducted in 26 countries around the world as part of the fight against the phenomenon of cyber laundering. Christened EMMA 6, it led to 422 arrests, the initiation of 1,529 investigations and the identification of 4,031 money mules recruited from 227 individuals. Illegal activities for the movement of money stopped, quantified in about 33.5 million euros.

EMMA 6: the European fight against cyber-laundering

Money mule is defined as someone who a criminal organization or autonomously (sometimes even unknowingly as it is attracted by false job offers) provides its identity to third parties for opening current accounts, credit cards or other payment methods through which sums are then credited of money coming from cyber attacks, scams, scams and other misdeeds.



These are the 26 countries whose authorities were involved in the operation: Italy, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Lithua nia, Moldova, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Slovenia, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and the United States.

The next step of the EMMA 6 initiative kicks off these days and is structured primarily through an awareness campaign aimed at the areas concerned with the aim of informing citizens and creating awareness on the issue, of the risks involved in taking part in illegal activities aimed at money laundering, even when it occurs in ways that pass exclusively through online platforms and services: danger to one's own safety if one chooses to no longer collaborate with criminals, convictions and sanctions , the offense constitutes a criminal precedent. The hashtag chosen for the discussion on social networks is #DontBeaMule.

Source: Europol
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