OLAF, the EU's anti-fraud office, said that in 2019 it recommended the EU recover nearly half a billion euros.
Police say the scam has seen 89 people fall victim to the fraudsters.
In this episode of Unreported Europe, Euronews' Monica Pinna unmasks the scams criminals are turning to during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 2017 scandal sank the career of the then favourite for the Elysée and opened the door for Emmanuel Macron to win the French presidency.
A woman was arrested in Slovenia for fraud after cutting her hand off with a circular saw in a bid to land an insurance payout, police say.
At least 150 people have died from drinking toxic illegal alcohol in Assam in northeast India.
A Finnish MP is being investigated by the police for claiming a sauna as his second home.
A reporter for the German magazine Der Spiegel was sacked after he admitted he had invented stories.
Police in Spain say a man arrested as part of an operation against credit card cloning had previously been jailed for helping finance the 9/11 terror attacks