Airport Raids Tackle Cyberthieves

Cyberthieves who used a stolen credit card to buy airline tickets have been targeted in a series of raids.

The raids were coordinated by Europol and targeted people who were trying to travel using a fraudulently bought ticket.

In total, 118 people were arrested at 80 airports in 45 countries during the raids.

Airlines lose more than £640m a year to the trade in fraudulent tickets.

In a statement, Meta Backman from the European airline fraud prevention group said: "Airlines are fighting credit card fraud on their ticket sales on daily basis.

"It is clear to the airlines that they are up against organised crime in this fight."

Europol said the raids marked the start of an initiative called Global Airport Action, which will build on the links forged between police forces, airlines and credit card companies.

The links helped to spot when tickets bought with stolen credit cards were being used to check in at an airport during the two days of action.

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