Bulgarian and Spanish law enforcement and judicial agencies together with Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) successfully carried out a joint operation that culminated in the arrest of 31 members of an organized criminal group for ATM skimming, electronic payment fraud, forgery of documents and other crimes.
The suspects obtained credit card information from ATMs by using skimming devices and by intercepting POS terminals in several European countries. After obtaining such information, they encoded it in plastic cards that were used to withdraw cash from ATMs outside of the European Union.
The operation involved 40 house searches and took place simultaneously in Bulgaria (Sofia, Burgas and Silistra) and Spain (Malaga). Law enforcement discovered eight criminal labs used to produce skimming devices and forge documents and seized more than 1000 devices, micro camera bars, card readers, magnetic strip readers and writers, computers, phones, flash drives, plastic cards ready to be encoded, 3D printers and forged credit cards.