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EU Agency Announces 49 Arrests in Identity Theft Sting

FILE - employees work at the headquarters of Bitdefender, a leading Romanian cyber security company, in Bucharest, Romania, March 5, 2015.

The European Union's justice agency says it has arrested dozens of suspects in an international identity theft sting that involved millions of euros stolen from bank accounts.

The agency known as Eurojust announced Wednesday it has arrested 49 suspects, mostly from Nigeria and Cameroon, in the investigation of some $6.8 million stolen from european bank accounts and transferred out of Europe.

Eurojust said the scam involved stealing victims' usernames and passwords and using the information to steal money from private bank accounts.

It said officers from Britain, Belgium, Georgia, Italy, Poland, and Spain participated in the series of arrests, which took place on Tuesday.

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