The police have achieved another success in the fight against criminals who operate online. It turns out that behind the famous fraud on “BLIK” there was one specific group of criminals. Now it’s broken.
The police destroy a group of cheaters
The whole group was managed by a 34-year-old detained last week. Six colleagues were arrested earlier. It is not yet clear how many people have been harmed.
What was the scam about? Criminals hacked the accounts of real people on Facebook (this was done through phishing websites that phishing login details). In the next step, they asked the victims’ friends to send BLIK codes and other data. In this way money was extorted.
“After clicking on suggested videos to watch on the websites of known publishers, we were redirected to the automatic processing of ICT data. Once the scammers already had a login and password, the only thing left was to log in to a specific Facebook account.
Once the criminals logged in to the victims’ accounts and pretended to be friends, they extorted BLIK codes. They used them to initiate transactions ranging from 1 to 3 thousand. zł. “
– describes the procedure niebezpiecznik.pl.
We know that the group operated throughout the country. The investigation is supervised by the District Prosecutor’s Office in Gorzów Wlkp., Which has already made more than 200 charges.
Arrests and searches
The first arrests in the case occurred in October 2019. These took place in Gorzów Wlkp. However, it turned out that the criminals were also active in Gdańsk, Warsaw, Gryfino, Poznań and Wrocław.
A total of 6 people were detained in the period between October 2019 and January 2020. All of them have already heard the allegations of fraud and have been detained on remand.
As part of searches conducted by the services, desktop computers, laptops, software, cell phones, modems, routers, starter kits, SIM cards, network cards, ATMs, disks, etc. were also secured.
What penalties, consequently, threaten alleged fraudsters? The head of the group, Bartosz P. resident in West Pomeranian Voivodeship, threatens 10 years. His six colleagues 8 years. However, the case is of a developmental nature. Policemen are currently looking for and identifying more victims.