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Hundreds Arrested in International Mass Marketing Schemes

The U.S. Justice Department has announced the arrest of hundreds of people in the Americas and Europe in connection to mass-marketing fraud schemes.

The department Tuesday said more than 560 people have been taken into custody in Spain, the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Costa Rica.

It said more than 2.8 million people were victims of the plots, which targeted individuals through the Internet, mass mailings or telemarketing. It said their losses totaled more than one billion dollars.

The Justice Department said the schemes included fictitious sweepstakes, prize offerings, investment opportunities and pre-approved credit card deals.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.