Organised crime has been growing of late, especially in Eastern European countries such as Russia.
On the 18th of this month six Russians were arrested in Fresno in what would appear to be a sophisticated, and possibly highly organised, cheque scam.
CBS 47 in Fresno reports –
Fresno Police said ten people were involved in this very complex case involving multiple schemes. In one of the scams they would allow someone else to write check on their account.
They would then go back to the originating bank and claim someone had stolen their checks and was writing illegitimate checks. The bank would then refund their money and the suspects would essentially double their funds. They would even file police reports to make it look legitimate.
The case took Fresno Police more than a year to sort out. It appears the group was involved in hundreds of cons and scams. The reason only six of the ten were arrested is that four of them fled the country.
Further detail can be found at FraudWar.