Police crack international fraud

Ten people across England have been arrested by police after breaking a fraud which affected websites such as iTunes and Amazon.

The music industry has been completely altered by the introduction of downloads. Now, sales of singles have plummeted while sales of individual downloads soar changing the way the music industry operates.

However concerns still exist over the safety of online transactions. There have been numerous stories of digital frauds, but police have reason to crow after apparently shattering a ten strong ring of DJs intent on using the internet to steal money.

The un-named DJs are allegedly at the centre of a ring which placed their own music on download sites such as Amazon and iTunes, then used stolen credit card details to open new accounts and purchase their own music.

Over 1500 people are thought to have had their credit card details stolen, with the fraud raking in more than £400,000. From this, the DJs were then able to claim back nearly £200,000 in royalties.

However a total of sixty officers working together managed to crack the fraud, and yesterday (June 10th) a total of ten people were arrested across the UK in connection with the crime. In a statement, Scotland Yard claimed that the arrests were the result of a collaboration with the FBI.

"It was established that between September 2008 and January 2009 a UK criminal network provided music via an online US company who uploaded the tracks to Apple iTunes and Amazon.com for sale," it said.

"This is a significant case for the e-crime unit, which was set up 12 months ago."

"The unit has been set up to provide a point of expertise and a national and international response to online crime. The nature of online crime means the unit are actively developing cross-border partnerships both with other international crime agencies and businesses."

Detective Chief Inspector Terry Wilson, of the e-crime unit, told The Guardian: "We are now making it more risky for criminals who seek to exploit the internet and commit e-crime across national borders. We are working hard through partnership with industry and law enforcement to combat e-crime and are committed to pursuing those responsible."

The investigation began back in February.
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