A computer fraud that led to the complaint of a person residing in Torre del Greco (Naples) was identified by the Postal Police of Cagliari with the coordination of the Postal Police Service of Rome and under the direction of the Public Prosecutor’s Office of the Sardinian capital.
It was a complaint that kicked off the investigation: the sole director of a company that wholesales products and services for gift wrapping, souvenirs and gadgets underwent abusive computer access to the online current account from which a transfer was made towards an apparently unknown account.
He said he realized that, suddenly, the Sim card of his cell phone had stopped working so he had contacted the telephone operator who had explained to him that a few minutes earlier someone, pretending to be him, had asked for a new card to be issued because the previous one had demagnetized.
With the new Sim, the scammer had therefore perfected the abusive access to the victim’s bank account.
“The Sim-swap scheme – explains the Postal Police – works, in fact, in this way: criminals initially act by stealing the access credentials to the home banking systems, through phishing activities or through the illicit purchase of these credentials on black markets of the dark web. Once the victim’s home-banking system has been penetrated, the perpetrators only have to get hold of the additional device code – the so-called OTP / One Time Password – to be able to make fraudulent transfers, a code that it is generated automatically and temporarily by the bank’s computer system, and sent to the account holder on the mobile phone number associated with the bank account “.
By taking possession of the victim’s telephone number, the scammer was able to fraudulently obtain this code, and with it, empty the entire current account in a few seconds.
The immediate complaint made it possible to immediately block the bank relationship on which the sum stolen was still lying before it was collected.
Investigations are still ongoing in search of any accomplices of the beneficiary account holder.
(Unioneonline / ss)