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Police keep card cloning investigation open 

Police who arrested 54 people for alleged involvement in credit card scamming say their investigation remains open.

Nineteen homes have been searched in several provinces and five laboratories dismantled where the cards were cloned.

The arrests were made in Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, A Coruña, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Málaga and Palma de Mallorca.

The gang specialised in the fraudulent use of foreign bank cards in Spain, using them to purchase various items.

The investigation started following complaints in Madrid, with police becoming aware that the international criminal organisation was at work across Spain.

The network used a system which involved getting dataphones from several banks which were used on a massive basis. The money raised was sent almost immediately by bank transfers to several different accounts.

They also cloned cards and carried out sham transactions and set up links to similar groups all over the world.

As part of the investigation, the accounts of several shops involved in the scam have been frozen.

Seizures during the raids included computers and software used to clone the cards, credit cards, 3,000 euros in cash, 60,000 pills and medicines, a mock gun and bank documents.