Fraudsters do not stop in their actions. In the third quarter of 2021, over 2.3 thousand attempts to extort loans for the amount of over PLN 85 million were blocked. This is the highest level since 2009, the Polish Bank Association reported.
The Polish Bank Association announced that in the period from July to September this year, Poles reserved 48.3 thousand documents in the interbank system. stolen or lost identity documents. It was also noted that it was also one of the highest scores in history. The number of notifications increased by 9.3%. compared to the same period last year.
The Restricted Documents system of the Polish Bank Association is a nationwide database of millions of stolen and lost documents.
The union informed that in the third quarter of this year. 2,317 fraud attempts were recorded, which means an average of 25 attempts a day. In this case, there was an increase of 22.7%. compared to the same period of 2020. “This is the highest level in 13 years. The total amount of these attempts reached the level of PLN 85.6 million (PLN 930 thousand per day). The highest amount that was attempted to steal was as much as PLN 6 million (Mazowieckie Voivodeship)” – we read in the ZBP release .
“The recorded increases in the number of blocked documents and a clear increase in the scale of activities of criminals trying to extort loans using a stolen identity show the importance of the constant fight for the security and cybersecurity of Poles” – said Krzysztof Pietraszkiewicz, President of the Polish Bank Association.
Grzegorz Kondek, Coordinator of the Social Information Campaign of the Restricted Documents System, reminds us that “our ID card is not just a piece of plastic”. “Evidence, passports and driving licenses are documents proving our identity, and their loss without reporting this fact to the bank (also by people who do not use banking services) is a risk of very serious consequences. This is shown, for example, by the data on the average amounts of fraud attempts. loans in excess of 20 or 30 thousand zlotys “- pointed out Kondek.
The Polish Bank Association announced that since 2008 – thanks to reservations in the Reserved Documents System – over 97.9 thousand jobs have been blocked. extortion attempts for a total amount of PLN 5.2 billion.
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