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.

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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' 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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