Czech banknotes, crowns, museum of the Czech National Bank, bank vault – illustrative photo.
Brno – According to the police, fraudsters robbed a thirty-five-year-old woman from Brno of more than three quarters of a million crowns when she wanted to protect her allegedly compromised bank account. Spokesman Bohumil Malášek reported on the case on the police website today. The police repeatedly warns against similar frauds.
A woman believed a fraudulent phone call that her account was at risk. “She was also told that the best way to protect the account is to arrange the maximum possible loan,” said the spokesperson. Subsequently, following the advice of the unknown fraudulent banker, she withdrew all the money she had received in cash and exactly as instructed, deposited it into a secure account via a Bitcoinmat in a shopping center in the city center.
“Only when the banker stopped communicating with her did she realize that she had encountered a fraudster . The loss of a trusting woman is high, more than three quarters of a million crowns,” said the spokesperson.
The police in the south of Moravia reported on frauds based on this principle last summer, when, for example, a thirty-nine-year-old woman from Brno was robbed in this way by fraudsters by almost half a million crowns, as well as a forty-two-year-old man. According to the police, a 61-year-old woman from Brno lost 800,000 crowns in this way last summer.
In similar cases, according to the police, the account owner should contact their bank directly on the official phone number, or resolve the whole matter by visiting the bank in person. The bank usually blocks the account in cooperation with the owner. Leaflets placed directly on the devices, so-called bitcoin mats, warn of the possibility of fraud when transferring funds to cryptocurrency.