At the end of March, a woman from Prague was called by a banker who claimed that someone had taken out a loan of 900,000 crowns in her name. He gave her personal information, so the girl did not suspect that it could be manipulation. The woman was contacted by a criminal investigator, who confirmed the legend and said she would be contacted by a person believed to be a bank security officer. He actually called the woman and talked her into withdrawing the entire amount from the account and personally depositing the money at the ATM in Prague 5. When he found out it wasn’t an ATM but BitcoinMate, he convinced her it was fine. The woman put in 666k before realizing it was a scam.
Own CNB Website Advises all citizens to be cautious. He points out that fraudsters are interested in gaining remote access to the victim’s mobile phone or computer, their sensitive personal data, or to take action on them – for example, to withdraw money and deposit it in a crypto-ATM.
Running money. CNB launched a website with advice against fraudsters
Fraudsters pretend to be bankers or police officers and try to appear credible. They can also follow the banks phone number or a call with a banker or member of another company.
This is when women lost 4 million crowns in February. This time, the fraudsters enlisted a police officer as the alleged banker to force one of the women to send money to Bitcoin ATMs. They used real email addresses and phone numbers with area codes used by police officers.
In October of last year there was a fraud with a banker in Jesenice, a person lost almost 300 thousand crowns. Fraudsters tricked him by claiming that his bank account had been hacked and promised to help him, after which the senior citizen followed their instructions. He is not safe as there is no internet banking facility.
“Remember! “The main goal of the fraudster is to rob the victim,” reminds CNB. He also points out that fraudsters usually attack emotions – they create fear, for example, by warning about imminent fraud in your account, or, on the contrary, they try it out of joy or desire when they are told about an unexpected inheritance, success. .or last chance to get something for free.
In one case from the Slovak town of Topoľčany, fraudsters played on fear when they tricked a 79-year-old woman in March this year into believing they were police officers and that they had discovered thieves had targeted her home. As per their instructions, she took the money down the corridor, which she promptly lost.
Last August, a married couple from Olomouc paid extra for a chance at a profit. The scammer promised them repayments in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin, gained remote access to their bank accounts, and then took the money from them.
There are many ways scammers trick people, be it fraudulent phone calls, text messages or emails. The Bank urges people to protect their personal and otherwise sensitive information – for example, data for entering online banking, card number, cardholder name and its validity, CVV code.
Last year, cybercriminals earned almost CZK 130 billion from cryptocurrency scams.
Some scammers try again with a fake ad. In February 2023, a 47-year-old man from Prostejov saw an ad on a German Internet bazaar for the sale of a mini-excavator for three quarters of a million crowns. He paid the shipping company for the importation, but the carriers returned empty-handed, without digging.
Fraudsters can also pretend to be customers placing bets on the carelessness of advertisers. In August 2022, a man from Prague wanted to sell clothes on an advertising portal. He was contacted by a woman who asked him to fill out a form with a payment card number, and the seller lost two million kroner.
Online marketplace Acro also warned against fraud, with criminals abusing payments through Acro. Here he promotes the online marketplace as a safe way to buy and sell goods. As part of this payment system, it offers a 100 percent money back guarantee. “The fraudster pretends to be Acro in the emails and requests payment through Acro to another bank account,” company representatives warned. If people send money to scammers, they will inevitably lose it.
If you are a victim of fraud, contact your bank and the police of the Czech Republic as soon as possible.
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