Police issue alert for a new scam in the south of Tenerife

  • Canarian Weekly
  • 27-12-2023
  • Tenerife
  • Photo Credit: Europa Press
Police issue alert for a new scam in the south of Tenerife

The Playa de las Americas Unit of the Guardia Civil are investigating two people, aged 22 and 26 years old who are residents of Granadilla de Abona in the south of Tenerife. They are suspected of committing a crime involving a scam amounting to €4,480 and another related to money laundering.

The accused allegedly carried out the scam by sending fraudulent SMS messages to people’s mobile phones, posing as a banking institution through a link. Victims were deceived into entering their banking credentials through the link, enabling the fraudsters to make unauthorized charges on their credit cards. These charges included purchases at various establishments and transfers via BIZUM.

Upon receiving reports of the alleged scam from the victims' complaints at police stations, the Guardia Civil opened an investigation. Through their efforts, they gathered sufficient evidence to identify and investigate the accused.

The suspects were found to be benefiting from the reported transfers, which were received in their bank accounts from the accounts of the victims without their consent. The accused individuals were essentially acting as "money mules."

The proceedings related to this case have been submitted to the Court of Instruction No. 3 in Granadilla de Abona for further legal action.

The Police authorities are urging the public to remain vigilant and cautious regarding unsolicited messages or requests for personal information, especially those appearing to be from financial institutions and to report any suspicious activity immediately.