Eight men have been arrested for their involvement in the Royal Mail smishing campaign, in which they impersonated Royal Mail and demanded that recipients pay a fee in order to collect their parcels.
Following raids at dawn, the cybercriminals were arrested in Birmingham, Colchester, Coventry, Essex, and London.
The man from London has been charged with three offences: fraud by false representation; possession of articles for use in fraud; possession of criminal property (money laundering), according to a spokesperson for the DCPCU (Dedicated Card and Payment Crime Unit).
The charged man, from Enfield, is due to appear in Crown Court on the 21st of June. The other seven men have all been released under investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Gary Robinson, head of the DCPCU, said: “The success of these operations shows how through our close collaboration with Royal Mail, the financial services sector, and mobile phone networks we are cracking down on the criminals ruthlessly targeting the public.
“Ongoing investigations are now underway and we will continue to work together to bring those committing smishing scams to justice,” he said.