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A “money mule” is a person who transfers stolen money between different countries.
They are recruited, sometimes unwittingly, by criminals to transfer illegally obtained money between different bank accounts.
They receive the stolen funds into their account and are asked to withdraw it and wire the money to a different account, often one overseas, keeping some of the money for themselves.
Even if you’re unaware that the money you’re transferring was illegally obtained, you have played an important role in fraud and money laundering and can still be prosecuted.
Criminals will often use fake job adverts or create social media posts about opportunities to make money quickly, to lure potential money mule recruits.
To report a fraud and receive a police crime reference number, please call Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040 or use the online reporting tool at https://reporting.actionfraud.police.uk/reporting.
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