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elderly Milanese man loses 240 thousand euros after a fake text message from the bank, 18 under investigation

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elderly Milanese man loses 240 thousand euros after a fake text message from the bank, 18 under investigation

The victim, an 80-year-old from Milan, transferred 241 thousand euros to the current accounts of third parties after receiving a text message apparently attributable to his bank’s customer service. The elderly man had been alerted to a cyber attack on his phone and related accounts. After a year of investigations, the police, at the request of prosecutor Eugenio Fusco, carried out 18 searches between Tuscany and Campania on as many people under investigation for aggravated fraud. It is the balance sheet of the “Puerto Rico” operation.

The investigative activity made it possible to reconstruct the scam. After the text message, containing a link to start the phantom procedure for securing the capital, the victim received a phone call from a so-called operator of his bank’s anti-fraud service, a man who induced him to move all his savings into accounts “secure” in order to stop “unauthorized withdrawals”. The money transfers took place through various bank transfers to Italian accounts. The investigations carried out by Cosc Lombardia, or the Operational Center for Cyber ​​Security, allowed the investigators to trace 18 subjects (7 residents in the Agro Aversa area, 8 in Naples, 2 in Battipaglia and one in Livorno).

The fraudsters would have resorted to spoofing, a technique that allows (via the Internet, VoIP technology) to call by altering the real telephone number with a fake or known user, for example that of a bank, as it would seem in this case. The IT searches on the devices seized from the suspects provided important evidence on the extent of the criminal activity, therefore interesting ideas for the continuation and expansion of the investigations.

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