Police Nab Group Suspected of Scamming European Companies


Israel police say they have caught a group of Israeli citizens, including French immigrants, suspected of tricking European companies into sending the group millions of euros in recent months.

Police say the group of eight posed as individuals known to the companies, and convinced company employees to transfer  money to them. They say the group then tried to hide the funds. Police arrested the group members last week.

Yediot Aharonot reported that group members posed as company executives and scammed companies in Belgium, France and Italy.

Police say they are working to expose other similar Israel-based scams, and are cooperating with law-enforcement agencies abroad.

A French-Israeli citizen, living in Israel and wanted in France, is said to have invented a similar scam that has inspired copycats.