Europol announced that 168 people have been arrested under the ‘EMMA 4’, an international operation conducted by law enforcement. EMMA 4 lasted from September to November 2018. Law enforcement in 30 states identified 140 money mule organizers.
Europol opened 837 criminal investigations, many of which are still ongoing, law enforcement arrested people in 20 states,
The operation sees the participation of Europol, Eurojust, the European Banking Federation, and law enforcement from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Australia, Moldova, Norway, Switzerland, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The operation aimed at dismantling money laundering activities, in particular tackling ‘money mules’ rings that have e crucial role in the criminal activity. Global and European banks provided an essential support to the EMMA 4, Europol reported the participation of over 300 banks, 20 bank associations, and other financial institutions. The financial organization helped
Money mules are essential for cash out of criminal activities and transfer stolen funds between accounts used to launder the money.
“Money mules are individuals who, often unwittingly, have been recruited by criminal
“Tricked by the promise of easy money, mules transfer stolen funds between accounts, often in different States, on behalf of others and are usually offered a share of the funds that pass through their own accounts.”
Criminal organizations use to choose money moles among newcomers to a country or people who are unemployed or in economic distress. Unfortunately, the number of young people recruited as money mules is increasing, criminals are reaching them through social media, advertisement of fake jobs or get-rich-quick posts.
Youngsters have no perception of the crime they are carrying out transferring funds from an account to another.
“To raise awareness of this type of fraud, the money
“For the next week, international partners from law enforcement and judicial authorities, together with financial institutions, will be supporting the campaign at
(Security Affairs –money mules, EMMA 4)