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Campaign Launched to Stop People From Becoming Money Mules

The two-week global campaign aims to highlight the critical role of mules in modern crime. Criminals will go to great lengths to recruit money mules because they play an important role in getting away from the authorities. The campaign will tell how the industry works, the risks involved, and how not to become a money mule.

Campaign Launched to Stop People From Becoming Money Mules

Interpol has launched a new information campaign aimed at encouraging people to become money mills following the arrest of 15 suspects in connection with a massive love affair scam conspiracy. The two-week global campaign aims to highlight the critical role of mules in modern crime, the International Police Organization’s Center for Financial Crime and Anti-Corruption (IFCACC) said. The campaign is using the hashtag #YourAccountYourCrime on social media to remind people that they are responsible for the protection of their own bank accounts and that transferring money on behalf of others can lead to problems. The campaign will tell how the industry works, the risks involved, and how not to become a money mule. Police recently arrested more than a dozen money laundering suspects linked to a Japanese man they say is responsible for a massive romance fraud campaign. Earlier this month Hikaru Morikawa, 58, arrived at Kansai Airport before being arrested in Ghana. Morikawa is suspected of leading a group of scammers posing as women on dating websites to convince victims to give money. According to Interpol, the group would have made about 400 million yen ($3 million) from their fraud. Criminals will go to great lengths to recruit money mules because they play an important role in getting away from the authorities and avoiding exposure.

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