Europol, Interpol, and Ameripol arrest 130 suspected of airline fraud

An international crackdown targeting criminals using stolen credit card information to purchase airline tickets during a two-day operation in June resulted in 130 arrests, Europol said Monday.  

During the June 16-17 law enforcement initiative, 38 companies reported fraudulent transactions to airport authorities while 222 suspicious transactions were reported by the airline industry, according to a release.

The investigation included cooperation between private sector entities and international organizations along with Ameripol, Interpol and international authorities to identify and confirm suspicious airline transactions.

The two-day operation involved 140 airports across Europe, Asia, Australia, America and Africa and also led to the arrests of people suspected of other crimes including human trafficking, illegal immigration, the smuggling of goods, drug trafficking, fraud, cybercrime and terrorism.

The global effort is part of Operation Blue Amber, a series of international actions that target organized crime worldwide. 

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