Three individuals probed for deceiving a woman in Tenerife out of 6,000 Euros using the ‘smishing’ method

Authorities from the Playa de las Américas Team are looking into three individuals who allegedly swindled 6,000 Euros from a woman by using her credentials obtained through her mobile phone to apply for a loan in her name.

The suspects, two men aged 21 and 23 and a 20-year-old woman, all residing in Barcelona, are being investigated for a fraud offence committed through the smishing technique.

After gaining access to the victim’s bank account, the cybercriminals swiftly applied for a 6,000 Euros loan in the victim’s name.

Upon receiving the money, the fraudsters redirected it through overseas purchases.

Investigation by the Civil Guard revealed that these transactions were payments into cards linked to accounts in a Lithuanian bank, owned by the three suspects.

The case has been forwarded to the Court of First Instance and Investigation of Arona.

The Civil Guard advises against trusting messages from unknown senders, even if they seem legitimate, and refraining from clicking on links in text messages.

It is crucial to remember that a bank will never request personal information via SMS or phone calls.

If in doubt, individuals are advised to contact the organization that sent the message through a trusted channel rather than responding directly.

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