South African cybercrime syndicate may have international links

The Hawks suspect that a 54-member cybercrime syndicate due back in court shortly could have international links, City Press reported on Sunday.

“It is big, very big and we suspect that they have links to other crime families operating in other countries,” Hawks investigator Captain Oscar Mopedi told the newspaper.

The syndicate in South Africa is due in Gauteng’s Nigel Magistrate’s court on Tuesday to face charges including fraud, theft, money laundering and racketeering.

They are believed to have stolen at least R15 million through various phishing scams.

The members of the syndicate allegedly use false identity documents from a number of African countries.

“When they appear in court and when the charge sheet is read to them, it will all look like the script of a Hollywood blockbuster,” said Mopedi.

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South African cybercrime syndicate may have international links