German Federal Police arrested a trio suspected of running the “FakeIDDobby” vendor account on several darkweb marketplaces.
A press release by the Federal Police Inspection for Combating Crime in Halle (Saale), the suspects sold provisional German ID cards and ID documents for Austria, Italy, the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary through the “FakeIDDobby” vendor account on several darkweb marketplaces including Wallstreet Market, Nightmare and Empire Market. The sale of the forged documents reportedly made the suspects a profit of around 45,000 euros.
The announcement disclosed that the trio’s arrest resulted from extensive investigations conducted by The Public Prosecutor’s Office in Frankfurt am Main - Central Office for Combating Internet Crime (ZIT) - and the Federal Police Inspection for Combating Crime in Halle (Saale) in cooperation with the Federal Criminal Police Office. The investigations began in 2019 after investigators found the trio’s listings for the sale of forged documents on the darkweb.
The investigation resulted in the discovery of the suspects’ identities and sales transactions. The investigators then used the evidence to acquire search warrants against the suspects’ properties.
On January 20, 2021, the investigators executed search warrants on the three suspects’ homes in Magdeburg and in an office in Magdeburg that was used as a forgery workshop by the suspects. The searches resulted in the seizure of storage devices as well as forgery devices such as printers, printing plates, seals, chemicals, and foil elements.
The search also resulted in the arrest and detention of two 24-year-olds who were charged with 140 counts of commercial forgery of documents. The third suspect, a 23-year-old was arrested and released after the searches were completed.
The police chief of the Federal Police Department for Combating Crime in Halle (Saale), Chief Police Officer Romy Töwe:
“We are increasingly observing how the virtual space is used to commit crimes. The supposed protection of identity through anonymity is exploited by those involved to make prosecution more difficult Police and judicial authorities have in the past increased their digital skills in terms of personnel and technology. This process has shown that these efforts are paying off.”
If found guilty each of the suspects could be sentenced to a minimum of six months and a maximum of ten years in prison.