THREE women enrolled in a fertility clinic in the Alicante region have been defrauded of over €30,000 in a computer scam.
The Guardia Civil has arrested two people and is investigating three others in the provinces of Almeria and Malaga.
The gang has a history of similar crimes and hacked into the clinic’s computer system.
They sent fake emails to the list of customers asking for payments.
Three women of Dutch, German and Irish nationality made bank transfers to the fraudsters who then transferred the money to a company account in the Netherlands to launder the proceeds.
Investigations began last August when the clinic reported the scam involving the three clients.
Cyber fraudsters gained access to clinic computers via malware to obtain email lists.
They then changed the clinic’s bank details sent to customers, who then inadvertently transferred money to the criminals.
The gang was led by a 41-year-old Romanian, with significant computer skills, who was arrested in Roquetas de Mar in Almeria in June.
The Guardia Civil’s investigation is not over as they expect to discover other victims of the scam.