Crime

Seven arrested for fraud and money laundering

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The Met’s Counter Terrorism Command have arrested seven people as part of an ongoing investigation into fraud and money laundering believed to be connected to terrorism linked to Syria.

The six men and one woman were arrested at addresses in North London and Luton.

Police said a 46 year old woman was arrested at one of the addresses in north London on suspicion of an offence under section 2 of the Child Abduction Act 1984.

She was arrested in connection with an unrelated investigation over a young girl believed to have travelled to Turkey.

The woman has been bailed.

Scotland Yard said officers are investigating a ‘large-scale fraud’ connected to UK extremists travelling to Syria.

The arrests are part of a larger ongoing investigation into fraud, which involves individuals ‘cold calling’ unsuspecting vulnerable and elderly victims on their home phone and impersonating a police officer.

The Metropolitan police are advising members of the public that if you receive a call like this about your bank account from someone claiming to be a police officer, hang up the phone, wait at least five minutes to make sure the phone line has cleared, or use another phone line, before ringing the phone number on your bank card.

They would like to remind people:

Remember – your bank or the police will never ask for your pin, your bank card or to withdraw money.

Caution – never share your pin with anyone.

Think – never hand your bank card or any goods you have purchased as a result of a phone call to anyone who comes to your front door.

Investigate – If you think you have been a victim of a scam, call police.

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