Police arrest four men for large-scale phishing and bank help desk fraud


The cybercrime team of the Rotterdam police has arrested four men suspected of large-scale phishing and bank helpdesk fraud. The foursome came into the picture during Operation Cookie Monster, a major international police investigation into Genesis Market. The police write that the arrested men are 23, 26, 29 and 30 years old. They come from Almere, Huizen and Amersfoort. During the searches of their homes, the police seized large amounts of money, designer clothing, jewelry and a car. The 26-year-old man is suspected of having had a coordinating role. He set up the service and ensured that the co-suspects could defraud people. The 23-year-old suspect was also arrested in 2021 in an investigation into bank helpdesk fraud. It is not known how many people fell victim to the foursome. The police do report that there is a complainant from whom more than 33,000 euros was stolen. The police do not rule out more arrests because the investigation is still ongoing. This year, two other Dutch Genesis Market users were convicted of various offenses, including fraud. Both men were sentenced to four years in prison.