On 13 July Latvian State Police Kurzeme Region’s Department received information about a resident of Liepaja becoming a victim of a fraud. The woman explained that at the end of last week she had received a call from an unknown person, who claimed to be an employee of a bank and asked the woman to provide her bank card number and other sensitive information. Later, however, the woman found more than EUR 1 000 missing from her bank account, the police report.
There is a common type of fraud active in Latvia at the moment. Fraudsters contact residents, pretending to be bank employees. They then request personal information from residents (card data and passwords). The fraudsters inform their victim about some alleged suspicious transaction on their account, and that to fix it they have to provide their card number, PIN code and other sensitive information.
Fraudsters want to acquire as much sensitive information as possible from their victims – user names, passwords, payment card data, SmartID pin codes, etc. This allows them to later access their victims’ finances and transfer them to foreign accounts, which makes it difficult to trace. In the past two weeks a total of three Kurzeme residents have become victims of fraudsters.
Also on 13 July information was received from a woman in Ventspils that during a telephone conversation some person had tricked her into revealing her bank data and that soon after EUR 900 had disappeared from her account. A similar call was received by police from a different woman in Ventspils, detailing the same situation – someone posing as a bank employee contacting her and asking for personal information later resulting in money disappearing from her account.
State Police remind that bank employees will never remotely ask clients to provide sensitive information over the phone.
«If a suspicious telephone call, e-mail or other request for information is received, residents should contact their bank. Additionally in cases when a call is received with similar requests, it is necessary to contact the police and provide authorities with the number from which the call was received.»
State Police urge residents to be cautious and never provide their personal data to strangers. Law enforcers recommend residents to never reveal their bank account data. Most often people reveal sensitive information because they were too trusting. State Police urge residents to be careful and avoid participating in questionable activities.
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