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Arrests over scam 'involving expensive online purchases'

Published 22/06/2016

Seven people were arrested by PSNI.
Seven people were arrested by PSNI.

Seven people have been arrested in connection with a major online fraud investigation, police said.

The three men aged 26, 55 and 69, and four women, aged 20, 34, 42 and 48, were detained in the Belfast, Bangor and Downpatrick areas.

They are currently being quizzed about allegations of fraud by false representation, conspiracy to defraud and money laundering offences.

A number of high value items, including vintage cars, were also seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Detective Inspector Katherine Montgomery, from the PSNI's economic crime unit, said: "The aim of this operation is to apprehend those allegedly involved in online fraud and money laundering. It comes after police received a substantial number of reports from victims who had been scammed online whilst believing they were purchasing high value goods from popular websites.

"These arrests reflect our continued commitment to dealing robustly with those involved in fraud and financial crime and provide reassurance to the community that this type of organised crime will not be tolerated."

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