On the 2nd of March 2023 was finalized joint investigation code-named FURY conducted between Moldovan and Romanian police authorities. The operation targeted an organized crime group that was involved in cryptocurrency scam and money laundering.
The modus operandi consisted in cheating people, mostly Romanian citizens, using pretext of investing money in online investment platforms or in virtual currency. For this purpose, the suspects created fake social media accounts connected to non-existent companies and involved in their criminal activities Romanian showbiz influencers.
Following a joint operation conducted simultaneously in both countries, more than 20 searches were performed, 4 suspects being apprehended.
The 32 victims were selected since 2020 through social media, the estimated prejudice being over 1.5 million lei.
The high volume of information that ensured the success of this case was exchanged via SELEC, through the Liaison Officers posted at the Headquarters. SELEC also contributed to the overall case by supporting the organization of the necessary operational meetings between the law enforcement authorities involved in the investigation. Currently the procedural activities are ongoing.