An incredible incident happened in Pieria where experts stole 18.530 euros from a citizen by sending him a fake SMS message.
A citizen was deceived by fraudsters and lost 18.530 euros. The victim received an sms message on his mobile phone, in which his bank appeared as a sender and allegedly informed him that his debit card had been deactivated and should be reactivated.
The message also provided a hyperlink where he urged the mobile phone holder to use it to activate his card. The link led to a website that looked like the bank's website and asked him to enter the name and password of his bank account.
So after they managed to plunder the above data and have full access to his bank account, they made 4 transfers to their own bank account, totaling 18.530 euros.
After this incident, the General Regional Police Directorate of Central Macedonia issued a statement calling on mobile phone users to be especially careful in the sms messages they receive.
See the police message:
CENTER FOR JOURNALISTS OF CENTRAL MACEDONIA
Thessaloniki, 27 October 2020
Information for deceiving a citizen in Pieria
They managed to deduct 18.530 euros from his bank account
They sent an SMS to the mobile phone informing that the debit bank card has allegedly been deactivated
In the same message there was a hyperlink for the alleged re-activation of the card
In this way they managed to steal the username and password of the bank account (e - banking)
Tell friends and relatives not to fall victim to scammers
The General Regional Police Directorate of Central Macedonia, in the context of its preventive action, informs the citizens about a case of citizen fraud in Pieria, as well as about the methodology used, in order to avoid similar incidents.
Specifically, the Security Sub-Directorate of Katerini is conducting an investigation into a case of citizen fraud, where they managed to remove the amount of 18.530 euros from his bank account.
The victim received a text message (sms) on his mobile phone, which appeared as a bank sender and allegedly informed him that his debit card had been deactivated and should be reactivated.
To activate he had to use a hyperlink (link) that appeared in the message and led him to a website that simulated the bank website, asking him to enter the username and password of his bank account (e - banking ).
Thus, they managed to grab the above data and have full access to his bank account, where within a short period of time they made 4 transfers to a bank account, totaling 18.530 euros.
On the occasion of the above incident, we urge citizens to be very careful and in case they receive a similar notification either via message (sms) or via email (email), to delete the message and in no case to "click" on the hyperlink (link).
It is pointed out that banks never send text messages (sms) to the mobile phone or e-mail (emails) of their customers, asking them to enter the username and password of their bank account.
Inform friends and relatives so that they do not fall victim to scammers.