Rare is the week in which we do not talk about a case of scams through SMS or in an email that a priori appears to be the electricity bill. Behind these big scams always There are people who want your personal data at all costs or even take out all the money you have in the account. All these people are organized within criminal organizations, and one of them has been dismantled in our country after managing to defraud more than half a million euros.
Within this band were two cybercriminals who were specialized in bank scams through different methods of phishing and smishing. All of these techniques, although we know them all too well by now, still work too well for our misfortune.
THEFT OF DATA and UNSOLICITED PACKAGES WHAT is BRUSHING?
Up to 700,000 euros in scams and 40 detainees in Spain
As the National Police itself has reported in a public note, a total of 13 records in Madrid, Seville and Guadalajara where computer equipment, tools and 5,000 euros in cash have been found. All this accompanied by the arrest of 40 people belonging to the criminal gang that operated in various countries.
All these detainees are part of the Trinitarios gang, which is made up of people of Dominican origin. In total, it is calculated that the loot from all its operations is close to 700,000 euros that was invested in paying the lawyers of other members of the criminal gang and also in the purchase of different drugs to sell them on the street. All this arises from scamming more than 300,000 people with all these methods.
But the big question is precisely how these people have been tracked down and how they have ended up in detention. And it is that all the alarms went off at the moment that Different purchases of cryptocurrencies with third-party cards that had been stolen were found. The theft system focused on different phishing techniques by sending mass SMS and email messages with a fraudulent link. This gave rise to a website where all this data that was collected by software that began to store it had to be entered.
But this software had a high specificity that is known in this world as “panels”. This software has the ability to monitor in real time the bank details of all victims since the link is clicked. These SMS were normally always sent to those people who were sure that they were clients of the entity to be attacked.
The security forces have not wanted to give details of whether they are related to any specific campaign. But it’s clear that may belong to the typical scams where the identity of a bank such as BBVA or La Caixa and even the Tax Agency itself is impersonated. All this to instill fear of a card cancellation or a strange movement so that all this data is provided.
Another point to note in this operation is that the scammers were smart enough to avoid being tracked down by the police. And it is that to get the money from the victims, they used the data of the stolen cards in online businesses that were false and in this way the money was received to be used for other purposes. In addition, they could skip the tracking by the POS that if they are official doing a kind of “laundering” of capital to reinvest it already with a totally legal appearance.
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