Phone scammers get 160K from Kuldīga resident

State Police received an application from a resident of Kuldīga for fraud on Wednesday, February 21. A woman has lost more than €160,000 by trusting fraudsters who pretended to be police officers and bank employees.

The woman was called by fraudsters calling themselves bank employees. They then sent the woman the fake ID shown in the picture on WhatsApp, trying to convince her she was speaking to police officers.

The fraudsters managed to convince the woman that fraudulent activity was taking place in her bank accounts and that it was necessary to install the Anydesk app to keep the money safe.

The woman further confirmed the bank's user details and PIN codes, resulting in some €150,000 being transferred from her workplace accounts. Nearly two thousand euros were transferred from her private account.

The fraudsters asked if the woman had cash at home, which she answered in the affirmative.

The fraudsters then persuaded the woman that, for this cash to be safe, it had to be sent to them, which she did by putting €10,000 into a parcel machine in Kuldiga.

Criminal proceedings have been initiated by the State Police regarding what happened.

State police are reiterating – once again – that no official will ask you for your bank details and to please refrain from entering online banking and personal data into dubious sites, and not to approve payments if you are unsure about them and under no circumstances pass on your banking data to third parties.


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