By Gerran Grimshaw
POLICE swooped on addresses in Selby district in dawn raids to arrest suspected internet fraudsters.
Two people were arrested in connection with alleged scams involving internet marketplace eBay.
The operation was led by the North Yorkshire Police's financial investigation unit, based at the force's Northallerton headquarters. The unit was supported by safer neighborhoods officers from Selby.
Police said a 30-strong operation was mounted to target houses in Selby and Thorpe Willoughby.
A 33-year-old local woman was arrested in connection with the investigation. She has been released on police bail pending further enquiries.
And yesterday, police said a house in Riccall was targeted. Police said a 42-year-old man, from Selby district, was arrested and evidence - including a high-value vehicle - was seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. The man has also been released on police bail pending further inquiries.
Selby Inspector Dave Pegg, whose police and community support officers provided support to the financial investigation unit, hailed the raids a success, saying: "From my point of view, an operation is always successful if we recover a stolen motor vehicle."
A police spokesman said: "Fraud is a very serious offence which can have a serious impact on people's lives. We have a dedicated unit investigating all types of fraud cases, and they can use powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act to recover assets gained through criminal activity.
"If anybody suspects they are a victim of fraud or they have information about possible offenders, then they should not hesitate to contact the police."