Cyber scams for smishing, vishing or phishing are still really profitable, although a priori it seems that we are all very aware of the security measures to take into account. But we are seeing how many people They continue to fall for these types of social engineering strategies in which it is possible to steal personal data from many victims.
In the last operation of the National Police we have witnessed how a network of 54 individuals (ten women and 44 men) of different nationalities has been dismantled, who managed to defraud more than 150,000 euros in various scams in our country. And all this through phone calls impersonating the bank.
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The investigation began in the Valencian municipality of Ontinyent, where one of the bank branches registered a computer attack. In this it was achieved access their servers and steal the personal information of the clients themselves. Information that has been used to carry out their illegal activities through sending fraudulent text messages and calls.
By having their personal data, in the phone calls they posed as the bank providing a lot of information. This made the victims believe that it was really a legitimate call in which it was reported that there were pending authorization. To provide this authorization,I had to provide the code that I had by SMS (which is actually the account access verification).
After an important investigation, it was possible to determine the network of people that existed in this organization, which had a good hierarchy with different ‘mules’. These were the ones in charge of receive the money from the victims’ accounts through a transferand then simply transfer it to the accounts of the organization’s leaders.
In Alicante, Barcelona or Lleida is where the arrests of these 54 people accused of stealing a total of 150,000 euros from more than 80 people have been made. In these cases, the National Police has reported how important it is not to provide this information or security codes through a phone call and always doubt all communications received. As we have said on many occasions, in these cases you always have to be very suspicious.
Via | abc
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