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Four arrested for defrauding a million bank customers from Benidorm

Benidorm Local news 17th November - Four arrested for defrauding a million bank customers from Benidorm.  The National Police detain in Benidorm four members of a criminal organization dedicated to massive scams through the internet at a national and international level. Those arrested by police "borrowed" data obtained by online advertisements and obtained keys posing as computer scientists.

The National Police have arrested four suspected members of a criminal group that snouted more than one million euros from clients of banks in Spain and other countries in Benidorm. To do this, they accessed their accounts after deceiving them via phone calls in which they pretended to be computer technicians, they also took out bank loans on behalf of people whose identity they obtained through job advertisements or renting homes on the internet.

Two house searches were carried out in which a multitude of mobile phones, cards and bank cards, sim cards, hard drives, computers, invoices, authentic IDs and various bank documents on behalf of third parties were intervened

The detainees are four Spaniards between the ages of 34 and 71. The Judicial Police Group VI of the Benidorm Police Station initiated the investigations earlier this year after information provided by a bank that alerted to movements recorded in several accounts that they suspected of being fraudulent. These were accounts opened online where significant sums of money were received through transfers from accounts of companies and people residing in Spain and abroad. With this data the police began to study the transfers under suspicion and found that the money came from bank accounts whose holders had been the victims of a scam and had reported it.

Police also found that the holders of the current accounts where the transfers were received had links between them and the money they received was then transferred between accounts. Investigators further discovered that there were many victims of the scam and that the scammers formed a well-structured group where each stakeholder was assigned a task to reach their ultimate goal, empty the accounts of the scammers or leave them in debt asking for loans by usurping the identity of the victims. The organization was thus able to obtain benefits of more than one million euros and had two systems to consummate fraud. One was to insert ads for rental homes or jobs on internet platforms. When interested parties contacted to ask for details, the scammers then asked for documentation and with this information they borrowed from different financial institutions. In this way they left an involuntary debt to the victim and the financial debt and defaults on loans.

Four arrested for defrauding bank customers

Access to computers

The other method used by the fraudsters to obtain money illegally was to make phone calls to victims by posing as computer technicians. They made victims believe that their computers or mobile phones needed a number of updates and told them a program that needed to be downloaded to have remote access to those devices, the fraudsters then had access to all the victims' banking information without them noticing the fraud. They found out when criminals used the keys to their bank accounts to make numerous transfers to their accounts. The National Police were able to identify bank account holders and other members of the organization.  Four involved in Benidorm have been arrested and the police are actively looking for more scammers. They are charged with crimes of continued fraud, forgery of documents and membership of criminal group.

The investigation is still open and steps are being taken to locate and arrest the rest of the members of the criminal organization. If you have any information please contact the police 112.

Please note this article has been translated from Spanish to English so some detail may be lost in this translation, read the original article at DiarioInformation

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