At least 195 suspects arrested for airline ticket fraud: Europol

A total of 195 individuals suspected of traveling with airline tickets bought using stolen, compromised or fake credit card details were detained on Tuesday, Europol has announced.

During a major international law enforcement operation targeting airline fraudsters — that took place from October 16 to 20 — 61 countries, 63 airlines and six online travel agencies were involved in the tenth edition of the Global Airport Action Days (GAAD) which took place at over 226 airports across the world, Xinhua quoted the European Union’s law enforcement agency as saying.

Europol said several people were caught trying to traffic drugs from Latin America to Europe, frequently flying back and forth using fraudulently purchased tickets.

Representatives from airlines, online travel agencies, payment card companies and the International Air Transport Association (IATA) worked together with experts from Europol’s European Cybercrime Center to identify suspicious transactions and provide confirmation to law enforcement officers deployed in the airports.

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