Glenfield man charged in relation to $4.7 million business email scam

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Picture: NSW Police

Detectives have charged three additional people over their alleged involvement in a $4.7 million business email compromise scam syndicate targeting Australian companies.

Detectives from the State Crime Command's Cybercrime Squad established Strike Force Belltree last year to investigate an alleged criminal syndicate targeting businesses across the country through email scams.

Their inquiries revealed that altered invoices had been sent to legitimate businesses for payment through an email scam, before the funds were transferred into personal accounts.

Campsie and Cumberland Police Area Command officers also commenced investigations into reports of cyber-enabled fraudulent activity as a part of the investigation.

Cybercrime Squad detectives, together with Campsie and Cumberland Police Area Commands, have so far charged fourteen people over their alleged involvement in the syndicate.

They all remain before the courts.

Cybercrime Squad investigators arrested a further two men - aged 21 and 22 - at 6.30am yesterday (Wednesday, September 16).

The 21-year-old Glenfield man was taken to Campbelltown Police Station and charged with participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity and two counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Police will allege the man was involved in the email scam syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime to the value of $80,000.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Campbelltown Local Court on Monday, September 28.

The 22-year-old Colyton man was taken to Penrith Police Station and charged with participating in a criminal group contribute to criminal activity and five counts of knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Police will allege the man was involved in the email scam syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime to the value of $110,000.

He was granted strict conditional bail to appear at Penrith Local Court on Monday, September 28.

A 21-year-old St Marys man was arrested at Parramatta Police Station at 9am today (September 17) and charged with participating in a criminal group contributing to criminal activity and knowingly dealing with the proceeds of crime.

Police will allege the man was involved in the email scam syndicate and dealt with proceeds of crime to the value of $300,000.

He was refused bail to appear at Parramatta Local Court today.

Investigations under Strike Force Belltree are ongoing.

Anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Belltree investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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