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178-strong credit card fraud ring broken up

A network of 178 people who produced fake credit cards was broken up today in Spain, police say.


Members of the gang were arrested in 12 different countries. They were using real credit card numbers to produce fake cards and withdraw money from cash machines.

Police added they were also involved in “theft, swindling, sexual exploitation and money-laundering”.

Their activities brought them “profits of more than 20 million euros.”

Seventy-six members of the gang ware snatched in Spain, 30 in France, 16 in Romania, 16 in Germany, 12 in Ireland, eight in the United States, seven in Italy, four in Hungary, three in Finland, two in Australia, two in Sweden and two in Greece.


The police have refused to give the nationalities of the culprits.

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