The five are suspected of scams, computer breaches and money laundering. It concerns two men aged 30 and 23 from Veendam, a 23-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Hilversum and a 21-year-old man from Amersfoort.
The suspects consciously approached older people, the Public Prosecution Service reports. They pretended to be bank employees. They advised the victims to transfer their money to a so-called safe account, for example because a hack would be imminent.
“Because the transfer of the money was not fast enough for the suspects, the victims were advised to install the Teamviewer program,” said the Public Prosecution Service. With that software, the suspects remotely helped people transfer the money from their bank accounts.
“These mostly elderly people thought they would put their money safely in ‘vault accounts’, but in reality their money ended up in accounts of so-called money donkeys.” The amounts stolen in this way ranged from 10,000 to 100,000 euros.
The searches in homes of a number of suspects seized large sums of money, expensive designer clothes and cars, SIM cards, telephones and computers.
All five are currently on remand and are expected to go to trial before the end of this year. According to the Public Prosecution Service, the investigation has not yet been completed, more arrests are not excluded.