Three people arrested for stealing 350,000 euros from credit cards

Three people arrested for stealing 350,000 euros from credit cards
The perpetrators impersonated the victim to access his digital banking.

The Guardia Civil of Almeria has arrested three people who stole 352,000 euros using a credit card belonging to the victim. The perpetrators managed to access this person’s digital banking and, after modifying the contact details that appeared, request a credit card associated with the current account. The suspects took advantage of the fact that the victim hardly consulted his bank details to withdraw large amounts of cash and make countless payments over a period of five months.

This action is part of the ‘Operation Monopoly-356’, carried out by the ‘Equipo @ de Almería’ with the support of the teams of the Almería Judicial Police Unit for Crimes against Patrimony and Socioeconomic Order, Economic Crimes and Telematic Crimes (EDITE).

In the first phase of the operation, the agents arrested two people who had supplanted the victim’s identity to access his digital banking.

Once the alleged perpetrators had obtained the requested credit card, they began to make cash withdrawals at multiple ATMs belonging to different banks.

In addition, the suspects made purchases in the most exclusive clothes shops in the province and bought high-end perfumery, the latest generation of mobile phones and jewellery. In addition, they charged the fraudulently obtained credit card with payments worth 18,000 euros in betting shops.

Once the Guardia Civil identified the alleged perpetrators of these acts, several members of Team @ proceeded to enter and search the home where they lived. They seized 82,800 euros in cash that were hidden in the house and different objects worth 40,000 euros, including more than a hundred items of clothing and handbags from well-known designers, around twenty high-end perfumery items, six latest generation mobile phones, a large Smart TV, top brand shoes and trainers, a smart watch and two high-end watches, different pieces of jewellery and an electric scooter.

In a second phase of the operation, the agents arrested another individual who had been responsible for recruiting the first detainees and providing them with the credit card that allowed them to withdraw the cash and make the purchases.

Thanks to this action by the Guardia Civil of Almeria, the victim has been able to recover the 82,800 euros in cash seized.

The investigation is still open and further arrests are not ruled out.

The proceedings have been sent to the Court of Instruction No. 6 of Almeria.

The Guardia Civil recalls the importance of taking security measures when creating passwords, for which it recommends avoiding the use of short passwords that can be obtained through social engineering, and establishing others that contain special characters and in which uppercase, lowercase and numbers are combined.

It is also recommended not to click on links to web pages received via instant messaging or SMS, and never give out personal data, passwords or passwords.

If, despite taking all possible precautions, you fall victim to a fraud of this type, it is essential to file a complaint and report the incident to the banking institutions as soon as possible.

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