Twelve Questioned In International iTunes Scam

A hairdresser from Carshalton and 11 accomplices have been accused of taking part in an international iTunes scam.

In a joint operation with the FBI, Scotland Yard's e-crime unit carried out raids in London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton and Kent to crack down on a gang suspected of money laundering.

The hairdresser, 23 year old Siobhan Clarke, is a suspected member of the a gang which used stolen or cloned American and UK credit cards to purchase their own songs on iTunes and Amazon.

According to law enforcement agencies, the gang had uploaded 20 of their own music productions onto Apple's iTunes Music store and Amazon.

The police claim that the gang had used the stolen credit cards to make around £469,000.

In a statement, Detective Chief Inspector Terry Wilson, said: “This has been a complex investigation to establish what we believe to be an international conspiracy to defraud Apple and Amazon.”