British gangsters are planning to leave their mark on the London Olympics in 2012, and turning it into ÃÂCrime Olympics.ÃÂ
Mobsters are reportedly looking forward to the 93 billion pounds event, and are already lining up a series of money making scams, the Daily Star reports.
The villains include fraudsters selling dodgy merchandise, counterfeiters flogging fake tickets and cyber crooks using fake websites to solicit cash and steal identities.
Other schemers could include are people traffickers hoping to infiltrate the 50,000-strong Olympic workforce using illegal labourers, and protection racketeers who may target construction firms and possibly even the athletes themselves.
Security agencies have already shut down a number of bogus websites that have been conning people in search of work, tickets or souvenirs.
The fear of criminalising the event has prompted a 600 million pound security arrangement to safeguard the biggest sporting event to hit UK shores.
BritainÃÂs version of the FBI, the Serious Organised Crime Agency, has warned criminals from trying to cause threat to the Games.
The agency states: ÃÂThe Olympic and Paralympic Games will present serious organised criminals with many opportunities.
ÃÂFraud, organised immigration crimes, intellectual property crimes and money-laundering are likely to be the main threats beginning now and extending through the period of the Games and beyond,ÃÂ it further states.
The agency has also warned that extortion gangs may target construction firms working on stadia and the Olympic village.
The agency stated: ÃÂThe movements of increased numbers of people into and out of the UK will provide smugglers with cover for their activities, while visitors to the games are likely targets for organised fraud.ÃÂ
Image: Construction work continues on the main stadium and the aquatic centre, for the 2012 Olympic Games, at the Olympic Park site in London, on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2008. A British newspaper reported that Tessa Jowell, the minister responsible for the Olympics, admitted to leisure industry bosses earlier that there would likely have been no bid for the games had officials known a recession was approaching. Image copyright AP. Unauthorised reproduction prohibited.