13 people arrested in different parts of Spain for defrauding 443,000 euros from 146 victims through ‘phishing’

The National Police dispersed a gang of crooks through technique”phishing” at least he got his personal and bank details 146 victims Credentials across Spain that they subsequently purchase or request unauthorized credits.

As reported by the Police Headquarters this Wednesday, Operation Paris, carried out in several stages, ended last April with the arrest of 13 people –5 in Córdoba, 2 in Madrid and 1 in A Coruña, Huelva, Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca and Terrassa (Barcelona)-.

Also, other 7 people were investigatedThose not arrested are -2 in Madrid and 1 in Bilbao, Córdoba, Murcia, Pola de Siero (Asturias) and Seville.

Persons alleged to have committed fraud via e-mail, they replaced the identity of a well-known bank and thus they obtained the identity information of their victims.

The economic profit of 443,600 euros was distributed through bank accounts. “money mules” Caught through dating sites.

This first questions It started at the end of 2018 when agents received numerous complaints from all over the national region and were filed by individuals and a bank.

They stated that they perceived fraud operations such as bank transfers and loan requests that they claim they did not make, as well as purchases made from online stores.

Those surveyed sent large emails using: corporate image a banking institution

The emails contained a claim “Security alert” this affected their card and bank account so they were redirected to a link where they had to enter their credentials to fix the problem.

After the data was obtained, the scammers changed phone number registered with another number controlled by the legitimate customer.

Thus, they progressed online shopping” pass the security verification established by the bank.

Investigators accessed victims’ accounts using internet lines in different countries. Spain, Morocco, France, USA, Mauritania or Germanyusing virtual private networks (VPNs) to make it harder to source transactions.

The complexity of the investigation cross border crimeSince the victims were from one country, internet commerce took place in a different country and the purchased product was consumed at a rate of one third.

In addition “money mules” People caught on dating sites were scammed by an alleged emotional partner, who sent the money to them through “money transfer” companies, following orders from the organization. Ivory Coast, circumventing the controls set by law.

Source: Informacion

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