French couple’s internet fraud was worth fortune

TWO French expats have been held on suspicion of raking in 7,00,000 euros through a internet scam on the Costa del Sol.

The pair are accused of selling, online, non-existent sportswear, with customers paying for trainers and other items which, obviously, never materialised

Police investigators swooped on their Marbella home, seizing 207,000 euros, in cash, two sports cars, a moped, laptops, tablets and mobile phones, and their bank accounts have been frozen.

Detectives were tipped off by a bank manager, who noticed that a number of virtual payments, processed via a French client, were being flagged up as fraudulent.

And, as they probed the case, officers identified around 12,000 suspicious transactions, mostly involving French bank cards.

The suspected culprits had set up a website and several bank accounts, linked to a virtual point-of-sale rented from their bank.

Once the money was in, they transferred it to other accounts, opened at banks around Marbella.

One of the pair had intended to flee to Morocco with the cash, before it had been seized, according to a police statement.

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