Arrested in Viladecans for defrauding about 15,000 euros with false messages to the mobile

  • The 20-year-old arrested man obtained bank details from users after sending messages posing as a solvent institution

The Mossos d’Esquadra arrested last Wednesday in viladecans (Barcelona) to a 20-year-old man as the alleged perpetrator of 30 scams through the ‘smishing’ method -sending text messages with the appearance of being from a solvent institution, from supermarkets to banks, private courier companies or the Post Office- to get users’ personal data and commit economic scams – in different areas of Catalonia. The arrested man was brought before the court on Friday before the acting investigative judge on duty in Gavà (Barcelona).

The scammed value amounts to 14,780 euros, and the victims are from different Catalan regions –16 from Lleida, six from Berga, and others from Manresa, Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barberà del Vallès, Sabadell, Rubí, Igualada and Sitges.

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The agents verified that the alleged fraudster, after accessing the bank details, went to different ATMs in Baix Llobregat (Barcelona) and withdrew cash.

The investigation is still open and the Mossos do not rule out that the detainee is related to other similar events and that there are more people involved.