Police: Bank customers sent 'malware-carrying emails'

Today's arrests follow an investigation into an apparent online scam whereby £1 million was siphoned off the accounts of customers of two banks.

Police believe they are dealing with an 'international and organised crime'
Police believe they are dealing with an 'international and organised crime' Credit: Tim Goode/EMPICS Entertainment

The alleged scam involved emails, that appeared to be from the banks, containing "malware" which corrupted the recipients' computers.

T/DCI Jason Tunn of the Metropolitan Police's Cyber Crime Unit said he suspects they are dealing with an "international and organised crime targeting a number of bank customers in London and across the UK".

"The victims have been hoodwinked by malware-carrying emails purporting to be from their banks, and subsequently had money taken from their accounts," he said.

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Four arrested over '£1m theft from two banks'

Detectives investigating the theft of £1 million from two banks have arrested four people and recovered £80,000 and a live grenade. Raids were carried out in north London yesterday after bank customers were targeted with fake emails carrying viruses.