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    The alleged leader of the scam ring was arrested at Villawood Detention Centre

    NSW Police crack open alleged $3m scam ring run out of Villawood Detention Centre

    Police have cracked open an alleged identity theft, romance and business scam enterprise that was being run out of the Villawood Detention Centre.

    Four people have been charged and Australian businesses have been urged to review their account payment practices, with police saying the alleged email scam generated over $3 million.
    The money was traced to Nigeria but police are yet to determine whose hands it has ended up in.

    A woman was arrested at a Granville property during a raid on Wednesday.

    They say it is highly unlikely that money will ever be recovered.
    Investigators said the alleged syndicate was involved in activities including sophisticated business email compromises, identity theft, romance scams and the fraudulent sale of goods.

    A 43-year-old man who police said led the operation was arrested at the detention centre yesterday and charged with knowingly directing activities of a criminal group and knowingly dealing with proceeds of crime.

    Police seized 16 phones and 17 sim cards from three individuals in the detention centre which they said was of particular concern.


    A detention centre is a government facility where refugees are places while their bona-fides can be confirmed and their refugee status is investigated.

    The scam was allegedly run by people seeking asylum in Australia.

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