(ANSA) – BOLOGNA, 20 NOV – They also pretended to be police officers, so as to obtain information from the Registry Offices and banks to activate payment cards stolen from postmen during their deliveries.
The protagonist of the story is a criminal group – vanquished by the State Police – made up of four people: a 45-year-old and a 42-year-old already known to the police, both originally from Naples but residing in Cattolica, in the Rimini area – considered the ‘mind’ of the activity and his ‘right hand’ – the 45-year-old’s wife and son.
In light of the operation launched in 2020 and renamed ‘The Jackals’, the four are under investigation for the crimes of aggravated theft, computer fraud, abusive access to a computer system and improper use of electronic payment cards. The Judge for Preliminary Investigations of the Court of Bologna, last November 8, ordered the precautionary custody in prison for the 45-year-old and the 42-year-old and the obligation to stay in the municipality of residence and daily presentation to the Judicial Police for the other two people involved.
From the investigative activity conducted by the Postal and Communications Police for Emilia-Romagna, it emerged that the group was dedicated to the systematic theft of insured and registered mail entrusted to postmen so as to seize and then improperly use the payment instruments contained in the messages such as credit cards, ATM cards and revolving cards for the purchase of luxury goods or from compliant merchants. The thefts, which began in July 2020, hit numerous postmen who, after being followed, found themselves with the trunk of their forced transport vehicles and the contents disappeared.
In most cases, the stolen credit cards were already active, in the other cases the suspects obtained the necessary sensitive data – such as cellular users, addresses, personal information – by calling the Civil Status offices, the Municipal Police, the banks, energy service operators and even in some cases even posing as police personnel engaged in emergency services related to the coronavirus emergency. (HANDLE).
Source From: Ansa