Five people were yesterday arrested in England as part of a police operation targeting illegal cyber crime associated with next week's launch of the London 2012 Olympic Games tickets, according to The Telegraph.
Detective Nick Downing, chief inspector in charge of the so-called Operation Podium, said the aim was to disrupt organized criminal networks involved in illegally selling Games tickets.
“The victims are those people who get scammed, have their personal and credit card details stolen and who ultimately don’t get to the event they want to see,” he said.
Chris Allison, a senior officer of the Metropolitan Police Service in London, said Operation Podium is cracking down on those “who flout the law and make thousands through illegal and fake ticket sales.”
“The Olympics is the greatest sporting event in the world and tickets will be in huge demand,” he said. “This means greater opportunities for crooks and criminals to break the law and con people. Our message is clear: if you are part of these networks then beware we will be looking at you and we will take whatever steps we can to stop you.”
The suspects include a 57-year-old man who is accused of handling stolen goods and fraud, as well as selling stolen tickets to rugby matches online, Harrow Times reported.
Other suspects include a 25-year-old man who was arrested on suspicion of money laundering, a 28-year-old man who has allegedly been linked to stolen credit card details, and a 36-year-old woman whose alledged role entailed fraud.