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An individual is arrested in Barakaldo for scamming a telephone company

An individual is arrested in Barakaldo for scamming a telephone company

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 13, 2024 | 12:00 pm

The Ertzaintza arrests a 34-year-old man for continued fraud and identity theft in Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa

The Ertzaintza has arrested in Barakaldo to a 34-year-old man for the commission of a crime of continuous fraud and identity theft. The arrested person used customer data from a telephone company to buy high-end terminals that were finally sent in containers to an African country. This individual was arrested thanks to thorough research carried out by the Basque police.

The investigation and modus operandi of the scammer

The Basque Department of Security reported that the suspect acquired high-end mobile phones through a telephone company, requesting that they be delivered at street level in different parts of Bizkaia and Gipuzkoa. It used the data of users registered with that company and paid the invoices for the contracts made with their accounts.

An individual is arrested in Barakaldo for scamming a telephone company

The victims, surprised by charges on their mobile phone accounts that they had not requested, began to report these events to the Ertzaintza. Errenteria agents, after receiving numerous complaints, began an exhaustive investigation to identify to the person responsible for these scams.

The scammer's modus operandi was quite meticulous. He accessed the victims' client area, registered a telephone number and, with said number, He acquired high-end terminals that he paid in installments with the victims' accounts.. This fraudulent scheme allowed him to ship a considerable number of mobile phones out of the country.

Background and arrest of the suspect

The investigations allowed the identification of an individual with a history of similar events. The agents established close surveillance around him, waiting for the right moment to intercept him.

The incident occurred in Barakaldo, where the suspect picked up a package. Surveillance agents intercepted him and searched his vehicle. Inside they found six high-end mobile phones, whose numbers were included in the victims' complaints.. In addition, they found documentation that included the card of an international shipping company. This information revealed that the detainee had sent, in the month of May, two containers with 328 packages destined for his country of origin.

The individual was brought to justice, while the investigation continues to determine if there are more victims and clarify the full extent of the fraud. Agents suspect that there could be more victims who have not yet realized the fraudulent use of their data.

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