Portugal: A woman answers the phone and runs out of 12,000 euros

Lately we hear a lot about scams that have led to the theft of thousands of euros. Many situations arise due to a lack of digital knowledge, and victims end up being easily tricked by scammers… over the phone.

Recently, a woman answered the phone and ran out of 12,000 euros. Find out what happened…

Portugal: A woman answers the phone and runs out of 12,000 euros

Burlão did not request the bank account access codes over the phone...

A phone call from a fraudster posing as a bank manager was enough for a woman to be easily robbed. The owner of a car dealership received a call where her bank details were presented (to create trust during the fraudulent scheme).

Interestingly, the scammer (who identified himself as Filipe) revealed the "victim's" full name, bank account number, current balance, and even transactions that had been made in the last three days ( including one that had been performed there in the last 30 minutes).

The scammer did not ask for bank account access codes, and it was even mentioned that the victim's account had been scammed, with the scammer using the term "phishing" to find out if the victim was aware of what he was about.

Portugal: A woman answers the phone and runs out of 12,000 euros

The scammer continued with the "pattern" telling the victim that the account should be canceled, as there was a suspicious transaction of 12,000 euros. The victim received an email from the scammer, after clicking on a "box" that allowed to cancel the account. A code was received which would have allowed the cancellation of the account. The victim received the code by SMS to confirm such an operation, but after entering it, the fraudster said that it did not work and another code was sent. The scammer asked the victim to enter the new code and it already worked.

In practice/reality, with the "lure" of the fraudster by telephone, the victim approved a transaction of 12,000 euros and did not perform an account cancellation operation. The call lasted 26 minutes and the woman was robbed of 12,000 euros.

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