Italian police arrest group operating long term Pokémon TCG scam on eBay, recovering €439,000
Despite having apparently been in operation for several years, the scam itself seems to have been a fairly simplistic operation, and did not come to the attention of Milan's Guardia di Finanza until a report from eBay. The ringleader, who originally hails from the southern Italian coastal city of Taranto, would place listings on eBay for a variety of Pokémon cards. After making a sale, they would simply take the money and run, abandoning the account and leaving collectors who'd paid for the cards high and dry. They'd then switch to a new account to continue making fraudulent listings.
Their three collaborators, also originally hailing from Taranto, alledgedly assisted in laundering money from the scam. The group were tracked down by the Economic and Financial Police Unit of the Guardia di Finanza, who were able to reconstruct the web of transactions and contacts that the fraudsters had used to try and launder their profits.