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Man arrested on suspicion of cyber crime offences - Reading

Alert message sent 05/09/2016 08:38:00

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SEROCU’s Cyber Crime Unit has arrested a man in connection with computer misuse and fraud offences.

A 37-year-old man from Reading was arrested yesterday (1/9) on suspicion of unauthorised access with intent to commit or facilitate commission of further offences contrary to Section 2 of Computer Misuse Act 1990; unauthorised access with intent to impair operation of a computer, contrary to Section 3 of Computer Misuse Act 1990 and fraud by False Representation contrary to Section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006.

The arrest is in connection with a number of incidents that occurred between January and March 2016.

Between January 2016 to March 2016 staff of the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS) in the United States of America were requested to setup online accounts for their retirement funds. This would allow them to log on via a web portal and change the bank account in which their pensions were paid.

A number of fraudulent web portal accounts were set up for staff members, and the benefits were directed to be deposited into an internet bank account.

The arrested man was bailed until 22 September.
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Liz Herbert (Police, NHW & Community Messaging Co-ordinator, Reading LPA)

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