According to the police, almost half a million zlotys were to be extorted by three Georgian citizens who pretended to be an energy company. Fraudsters sent text messages with messages about the need for an additional payment to the bill and a link to a fake banking website. In this way, they obtained customer login details. So far, the aggrieved parties have submitted 170 notifications in this case.
The suspects’ activities were traced by policemen from the Bureau for Combating Cybercrime of the Police Headquarters. According to their findings, three men from June until the arrest sent over 350,000 SMS messages, using more than 1,900 SIM cards. The group was impersonating one of the major energy suppliers. “SMS messages contained information about the need to pay an additional bill for electricity and a link to the payment redirecting to a fake bank’s website. In this way, the fraudsters swindled the login details for electronic banking systems” – we read in the police statement.
Arrest for three detainees
So far, a total of 170 notifications from persons injured as a result of fraud have been received throughout Poland. Losses are currently estimated at no less than PLN 495,000. During the operational activities, the police also secured the SIM cards and telephones used by the group.
The detainees were transported to the Mokotów district headquarters for further activities. There, they were charged with fraudulent activity. At the request of the police and the prosecutor’s office, all three were placed in pre-trial detention.
“The police warn to be especially careful, check this type of messages and under no circumstances click on active links contained in them. Such links may redirect to a fake bank’s website, which can often result in the loss of savings” – warn the officers.
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