“A gang member broke into an online bank account by sending an SMS message with a forged payment link, defrauding hundreds of people, and the transaction amount exceeded 1.5 million PLN.”The Silesian police reported in a press release sent to PAP.
Earlier, the prosecutor’s office in Gliwice notified the division of organized criminal groups. Now, the police have provided more details. As we all know, 19 Belarusian and Ukrainian citizens have been detained and 17 of them have been arrested. Officials from the Cybercrime Department of the Katowice Provincial Police Headquarters investigated the case and, among other things, received the following support: The Cybercrime Office of the Police Headquarters
When the police in Warsaw obtained more equipment (mobile phones, SIM cards, tablets, computers) for criminal activities on April 8, several people were arrested. The rest were arrested in Katowice, Krakow, Tczew, Wroclaw and Zakopane.
The PAP report stated that the fraudster could access the victim’s account due to a link sent via SMS to the fake e-banking website. Their activities lasted from the beginning of December last year to April 8th this year. During this period, they sent at least 280,000. SMS deposits with fake links.
“Due to the 0.50 zloty underpayment, your package has been detained. We apologize for the inconvenience caused. Please pay.”These messages are sample messages. According to the results of the police investigation, the gang prepared 50 different forged links, which were attached to text messages and sent to various phone numbers.
The operation of the fraudster is well known: The link led to a fake website that looks like an e-banking website. People who are unaware of this fraud attempt to log in to a fake portal, allowing criminals to steal login details and then steal deposited funds.Recently about this situation We wrote several times.
The police claimed that the stolen money was withdrawn on ATMs using the BLIK method in several cities in Poland, transferred to bank accounts around the world or purchased for them Cryptocurrency. Officials from the Cybercrime Department of Katowice Police Headquarters did not rule out the possibility of further arrests.