A man and a woman aged 34 and 33, respectively, who in the last nine months swindled 78,000 euros from 14 people. The Mossos d’Esquadra They were arrested last Wednesday in Tarrassa (Barcelona) for the scams they committed through the cloned SIM method or ‘SIM swapping’, which consists of cloning the cards of the victims’ mobile phones in order to access their bank details.
After that, the criminals contacted the entity to modify the access codes and thus empty the accounts of those affected. According to the Catalan police, both individuals, of Spanish nationality, committed the first scam last March, and this was followed by another 13.
Several complaints were made that allowed the agents to arrest their perpetrators.
Sometimes, the investigators explain, the couple opened new bank accounts in the name of one of the victims and applied for loans or credit cards, which they used to buy high-end mobiles that they later resold. An activity for which they obtained at least 16,000 euros more.
Between February and April of last year, the man and the woman stayed in a tourist apartment in the Sants neighborhood of the Catalan capital, where they received the electronic devices, on behalf of other people. It was on December 29 when the Mossos arrested them in Tarrassa, after collecting the evidence that allowed them to be linked to each of the 14 scams. After going to court, both have been released with charges.