Police in London have arrested a man accused of organising a 'money mule' cyber crime outfit.
Officers said that the 34-year-old man from East Ham is believed to have hired individuals working as money mules as part of an operation which included stolen and counterfeit bank cards.
Money mules often operate without knowledge of the illegal nature of their activities. They are recruited to accept transfers from compromised bank accounts and send the money to accounts run by cyber criminals.
The money is effectively laundered in the process, and becomes difficult to trace back to the criminal.
Such money mules comprised a large number of those apprehended last month when authorities cracked down on activities associated with the Zeus malware.
"Money mules are one of the key enablers for all types of fiscal fraud, and internet-based crime in particular," said detective inspector Paul Hoare of the Police Central e-Crime Unit.
"Individuals tempted by advertised job opportunities moving money using their bank accounts should not get involved as they could be taking part in wider organised money laundering crime."
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