15 Mar, 2021 @ 14:30
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Mobile phones cloned in Murcia-based scam emptying out bank accounts across Spain

Sim Card Hacking as bank accounts cleared out in Spain
A view of a sim card in a mobile phone, as the Government's spy agency GCHQ reportedly stole confidential codes from a Dutch Sim card manufacturer to hack into mobile phones around the world, the latest set of leaked intelligence documents suggest.

A Murcia man has been arrested for running an international SIM card cloning gang that stole at least €400,000 from online bank accounts.

The Policia Nacional say that at least 41 crimes have been committed including one account holder in Murcia being cleared out of €93,000.

Six men, including the leader, and two women were detained in the police operation, with six of the individuals being Moroccans and the other two Spanish.

Account holders across Spain were targeted including Las Palmas, Ciudad Real, Granada, Cadiz, Marbella, Málaga, Palma de Mallorca, Albacete, Madrid, Tenerife, Valladolid, Cuenca, and Alicante,

The gang used a cyber attack known as ‘SIM swapping’ where duplicate cards were obtained using the identities of victims whose details they obtained through ‘phishing’ and social media sites.

The hijacked accounts were emptied out to buy items online or to transfer money to Spanish or international bank accounts.

The leader of the group trying to hide his identity from the police by using other gang members to make the purchases or to get them to do any ATM withdrawals from accounts that got the illegal transfers.

A variety of different addresses were also used to receive online purchases to avoid any suspicion of criminal activity.

The gang leader was remanded into custody after a court appearance.

Alex Trelinski

Alex worked for 30 years for the BBC as a presenter, producer and manager. He covered a variety of areas specialising in sport, news and politics. After moving to the Costa Blanca over a decade ago, he edited a newspaper for 5 years and worked on local radio.

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