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Japanese police reveal illegal money transfers to Russia, Ukraine

October 22, 2013, 6:04 UTC+3

The criminals aimed at Internet-banks, which are very popular in Japan

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TOKYO, October 22 (Itar-Tass) - Japan’s police have revealed a criminal network, involved in theft of money from bank accounts for further transfers abroad, including to Russia and Ukraine, Kyodo agency reported on Tuesday.

The police report the criminals aimed at Internet-banks, which are very popular in Japan. The criminals used virus software to steal passwords and extract money. Later on, they transferred the money to accounts of dealers, whom they found in social networks and at online forums. The dealers, in their turn, transferred the money abroad using Western Union and MoneyGram systems.

The network of dealers included 69 citizens of Japan. The police say in most cases those could not even realize they were involved in a crime, as a money transfer operation requires only an ID and little information on the recipient - the name and country.

Over the current year, the Japanese police revealed at least 766 cases of online money theft worth 760 million yens ($7.7 million). This amount accounts for a jump of transfers from Japan, made via Western Union and MoneyGram. Law enforcement authorities say the amount of money transferred since July has exceeded 114 million yens ($1.2 million). The police are identifying recipients now. Kyodo added Japan had addressed via Interpol Russian law enforcement authorities for assistance in the investigation. 

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