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sms fraud through

Fraud through SMS
Radio Sintonia:

Arrested in Fuerteventura for a crime of fraud through SMS.

The Civil Guard of Fuerteventura arrested on June 14, 2023 a 30-year-old man for the alleged authorship of a crime of continuous fraud, in which after stealing the access data through a phishing website they executed the withdrawal of Money in at least four ATMs on the island of Fuerteventura, identifying the alleged perpetrator as a result of the analysis of images that would lead to an entry and registration in which they found, among other evidence, the clothes used at the times of committing the scams.

He had scammed his victims who were in Segovia, Ourense and Las Palmas
since he stole their bank details through a malicious SMS and withdrew the Money at the same two ATMs in
the towns of Caleta de Fuste and Gran Tarajal,
on the island of Fuerteventura

First complaints and inquiries for the identification of the author The Civil Guard of Puerto del Rosario received the first of the complaints in the month of August in which the commission of a crime of bank fraud with a credit card filed in Segovia was made known, the author
of the facts made a cash withdrawal at an ATM in the town of Caleta de Fuste of 500 euros and six unauthorized charges in a shop in the city of Afriquia (Morocco) of 759.62 euros.

The second complaint, filed in September 2022 in Ourense, also referred to an alleged fraudulent withdrawal of 300 euros in cash, through a bank card owned by the injured party at the same ATM in the town of Caleta de Fuste related in the first complaint.

Likewise, the third and fourth complaints were transferred to the Puerto del Rosario Post, both related to minor fraud crimes committed at the same ATM, in this case in the town of Gran Tarajal, with two fraudulent withdrawals of 300 euros each.

Inquiries and identification of the author of the scam
The sequences of images obtained in the framework of the investigation of the Civil Guard, always showed the same unidentified person, who after performing various previous manipulations on his mobile phone managed to make the withdrawal of cash at these ATMs.

The Civil Guard was able to determine that the victims of these Events had a common denominator, before carrying out the scam they had received a web link under the appearance of a bank or a courier company, requesting in the SMS messages, as the case may be, the need to access them under the pretext of communicating a requirement related to the payment of fees of an alleged retained package or that for the The fraud victim's bank account was not blocked by accessing the link.

Such links would presumably lead to a phishing website designed to steal login credentials or to download malware to obtain the data of its victims necessary for the commission of criminal offenses.

Development of another line of investigation and interception
On the other hand, the Civil Guard of Fuerteventura learned that the National Police Corps was interested in the arrest of two people, young man and woman, following complaints filed on improper charges of alleged purchases made in various jewelry stores in Puerto del Rosario and made with cards fraudulently, recognizing the Civil Guard to the alleged perpetrator.

With this new line of action, a surveillance and search device was initiated, among other efforts, resulting in his interception in a shop in the capital of Majorera, thus obtaining his identification and consequently proceeding to his arrest.

House search and intervention of evidence of conviction This action would lead to the realization of a house search in which the Civil Guard located several items of clothing used at the time of withdrawing the Money at ATMs and other evidence of conviction
such as a computer tower mounted with customized components of last generation, eight SIM card holders with up to eight associated telephone lines, two mobile phones, making it clear that these elements could be directly related to the facts investigated.

With these elements the Civil Guard intervened the information of vital interest to determine the scope and clarification of the facts, not ruling out new arrests with this modus operandi known as "SMISHING", which is a type of social engineering technique used by hackers to steal personal information from individuals through text messages. The term is derived from "SMS phishing," where SMS refers to text messages sent via mobile phones.

Finally, the effects intervened together with the detainee were brought before the corresponding guard court of Puerto del Rosario.
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