Man held in �1m HM Customs e-crime’ probe
A MAN is being held by police in East London in a �1 million Internet fraud investigation. The 32-year-old was arrested at his home in Poplar and was taken to Bethnal Green police station, Scotland Yard confirmed last night
A MAN is being held by police in East London in a �1 million Internet fraud investigation.
The 32-year-old was arrested at his home in Poplar and was taken to Bethnal Green police station, Scotland Yard confirmed last night.
Police are carrying out a joint operation with HM Revenue & Custom which began in June.
Customs officials reported "an e-crime attack" on their computer system.
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The investigation is looking into what Scotland Yard believes is "a criminal network stealing money from HM Customs through fraudulent claims" with the self-assessment tax repayments system.
Det Chief Ins Terry Wilson said: "The issue of 'e-crime' is a growing problem across all business sectors and online services.
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"We are committed to making sure criminals do not find the Internet a 'safe' environment to operate in."
The man was arrested on suspicion of alleged "fraud and money laundering.