By Tony Winterburn • 10 July 2020 • 9:11
Those arrested all had different roles in the scam, such as counterfeiters, go-fors (muleteers), and fences (launderers). They have been charged with crimes of fraud, money laundering, membership of a criminal group, and, in some cases, falsification of marriage documents.
The arrests made were in the provinces of Almería, Baleares, Barcelona, Burgos, Granada, Guipúzcoa, A Coruña, León, Madrid, Malaga , Murcia, Salamanca, Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Valencia.
How the fraud worked – the interesting part!
First, operators in the gang seized the access codes to the victim’s online banking using the phishing method – capturing the personal data of their victims with tricks and scams over the internet. However, with this information alone the scammers couldn’t draw any cash – they still had to overcome a double security barrier.
Secondly, they duplicated the SIM card of the victim’s parties phone – deceiving the employees of a phone shop by falsifying official documents. With this, they obtained the identity of the victim and obtained a copy of the card from their mobile phone.
Thirdly, as far as the bank was concerned the gang were now the owners of the card. This enabled them to contact the bank and receive access codes to the victim’s bank accounts by applying online via the bank’s website and then quickly transferring the money out.
As is normal in these large investigations, further arrests are expected to be made and the case continues.
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