Watch: Ukrainian Text Message Scammers Arrested In Budapest

  • 27 Apr 2023 6:42 AM
  • Hungary Matters
Watch: Ukrainian Text Message Scammers Arrested In Budapest
Two Ukrainian nationals have been arrested in Budapest on suspicion of stealing more than 10 million forints (EUR 26,500) by scamming their victims out of their bank card details using fraudulent text messages, the Budapest police headquarters said.

According to a criminal report filed by a bank, dozens of its clients received scam text messages containing malicious links before March this year.

Investigators identified and arrested the two suspects within three days, police said. According to the criminal report, one of the suspected scammers sent text messages containing phishing links to 60 of the bank’s clients from a Danish phone number.

The text message claimed that the client’s bank card was blocked and instructed them to sign in to the bank’s website and update their card details.

Police said the suspects registered the stolen bank card details to an e-wallet service between March 7 and 22 and used smart ATMs to withdraw around 3 million forints from the accounts of 18 bank clients.

The suspects were arrested on April 4 in Budapest and have been interrogated on suspicion of fraud.

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