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Romania: Five Arrested for Running Murder-for-Hire Scams

Romanian law enforcement arrested the alleged operators of fraudulent murder-for-hire sites.

Police in Romania arrested five people for inciting murder, money laundering, and organized crime charges. According to a press release from the Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism (DIICOT), the suspects operated fake hitman sites on the darkweb.

A picture of Romanian police arrested five suspects at request of authorities in the US.

Romanian police arrested five suspects at request of authorities in the US.

Police with the DCCO - the Service for Combating Cybercrime searched seven houses in Gorj and Hunedoara and arrested five alleged operators of the fake murder-for-hire sites. Investigators seized 18 mobile phones, ten laptops, 15 memory sticks, seven bank cards, 13 HDDs, an electronic wallet, a DVR, and various documents during the searches.

The arrests were conducted at the request of United States law enforcement.

“Authorities in the United States of America has determined that this group consists of five or more persons located in Romania, who acted in a coordinated manner to administer those sites and to launder money obtained as a result of instigating crimes.”

Representatives of Homeland Security Investigations and the US Embassy in Bucharest were present for the activities. According to the announcement, the suspects allegedly scammed would-be customers out of 500,000 euros ($543,842).

“Yura,” the fraudster behind dozens of contract-killing sites, including Besa Mafia, Costa Nostra, and Crimebay, likely lives in Romania. Chris Monteiro, the “vigilante hacker” who has been hacking darkweb murder-for-hire sites since at least 2016, linked Yura to an IP address in Romania. Santosh Sharma, a freelancer who once did SEO work for Yura, said, “[Yura] was based in Romania.”

A picture of Bratva Mafia is a new and unimproved version of Besa Mafia.

Bratva Mafia is a new and unimproved version of Besa Mafia.

It seems probable that police raided people with an alleged connection to Yura’s sites and possibly Yura himself. However, the UK’s National Crime Agency and Bulgarian police seized Crime Bay in May 2017. Monteiro stopped hearing from Yura and assumed the police had arrested him. But Yura returned in December 2017 and later launched Cosa Nostra. So, who knows.

Monteiro believes Yura earned $6,539,800 vs. the estimated $543,842 listed in the press release. Seems like a significant discrepancy.

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f5d1a840 Fri, Apr 8, 2022

How dare they run fake hitman sites!!!

e35934b0 Sun, Apr 24, 2022

Does anyone wants to give me $50, I really need it.

ed45a180 Fri, Apr 8, 2022

More like, how dare they run a hitman site, make money, help us arrest would be criminals, and not pay us our fair share of the money you scammed these fools with.

b2572170 Fri, Apr 8, 2022

ayo i gon call up my boy on besa mafia an put a hit out on deez bitch niggas

0b862be0 Sat, Apr 9, 2022

I am shocked! they are arrested! why?

Because they scammed some assholes? give them a medals instead!

97122fa0 Sun, Apr 10, 2022

Looks like Yura returned with LE blessing this time to launch Cosa Nostra so he can skate on previous charges.

Hmmm, i wonder what that sort of turncoat snitch setting up a market for a second time sounds like in todays non-hitman darknet market place. ahem alphabay.

dd900de0 Sat, Apr 23, 2022

Thật tiếc khi họ lại bị bắt

c2dbe350 Sun, Apr 10, 2022

For real the first time I’ve heard of people running these sites arrested. Before it was all good as long as they snitch. Weird.

9807beb0 Sun, Apr 10, 2022

Thomas Shelby should’ve used Besa Mafia to get rid of Mosley. Why the fuck wouldn’t Arthur Shelby bring me on the hit to kill that cocksucking IRA cunt??????? And what the fuck happened with Stagg???????? SOMEONE FUCKING TELL MEEEEEE

a5049c20 Mon, Apr 11, 2022

I ordered a hit on my dick and your mother was the hitman.

116b1140 Sun, Apr 17, 2022

I want to kill hailey. She is making my life a living hell.

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