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Caution: The most common methods used by experts to deceive you (Tips for protection)


Lately, experts have been deceiving the owners of tourist accommodation and gas stations, withdrawing significant amounts of money from their bank accounts.

Οcitizens do not enter their e-banking username and password on websites or forms that open via hyperlinks ( left-wing ) and do not disclose their personal codes to other persons (PIN) or credit card verification codes

The most common methods used by the expert and useful tips to avoid deception

Η Greek police, on the occasion of fraud cases in various parts of the country, reminds citizens of the most common methods used by experts and provides useful tips to avoid them.

Usually, the perpetrators, in order to deceive their victims, take advantage of the current socio-economic conditions, as is typically the case recently, where they use pretexts on the occasion of the tourist season as well as the rise in fuel prices.

In this context, they are addressed to professionals in these fields and specifically:

  • communicate by phone with hotel and accommodation owners in tourist destinations as supposedly interested in booking rooms and under the pretext of deposit, extract their personal bank codes (during communication between them or by sending a message to their mobile phone with a link referring to website, which is similar to that of the bank, where they enter their personal codes) and then transfer money to other accounts or
  • pretend to be the owners of trucks and under the pretext of refueling, persuade them to send the account number (IBAN) in order to deposit the price electronically.
  • They then send a message to the victim's mobile phone, asking him to "click" on the link, resulting in a website similar to that of the bank, where - as in the previous case - the victims enter their personal bank codes "allegedly" for the confirmation of the transaction, as a result of which the perpetrators gain access to them and transfer money.

Therefore, to avoid such incidents, we advise professionals not to enter their e-banking username and password on websites or forms that open through hyperlinks (left-wing) and do not disclose their personal codes to other persons (PIN) or credit card verification codes.

Other methods used by experts:

  • They call unsuspecting citizens, pretending to be police officers, doctors, lawyers, etc., falsely claiming that a close relative has caused a car accident with fatal or serious injuries. They then demand significant sums of money to avoid allegedly imminent criminal consequences,
  • enter the homes of unsuspecting citizens, for the purpose of theft or robbery, appearing as technicians (PPC, elevator maintenance, etc.) or sellers of various items or acquaintances of relatives,
  • They approach, mainly the elderly, ostensibly as envoys of their relatives and, presuming an immediate and urgent financial need, seek to extract money from them. They are usually approached on the way out or shortly before entering their home, outside Banks, shops, etc.,
  • They approach people through Social Media on the pretext that they are interested in close interpersonal relationships, gain the trust of the victim and then, under various pretexts, extort money.
  • they are looking for potential buyers to sell, as an "opportunity", various items (jewelry, mobile phones, etc.), supposedly of great value, at low prices. After "bargaining" the price for a long time, they finally "compromise" on a low price and sell the items, which, however, are usually of cheap value.
  • inform, mainly professionals, that they allegedly inadvertently deposited a larger amount of money, in exchange for a service or product they bought from them and demand the return of the difference. In fact, in order to prove their claim, they send a fake receipt of the money deposit.
  • post or search on the internet for allegedly buying and selling products or vehicles and deceiving citizens who:
  • as buyers, they send the monetary price of the product they are supposed to buy (eg via e-banking, paypal, etc.), without ever receiving it or receiving another, cheap value,

as sellers, they are convinced by the perpetrators that they have been paid for the product they sold, mainly in the following ways:

  • show them a non-existent account number, which shows a false electronic transfer of the transaction price to their account or a fake transfer transfer certificate,
  • persuade them to issue, through the application of a credit institution, a code with the price of the transaction. They then ask for this code, claiming that they will deposit the due amount in their account. However, the perpetrators, using this code, withdraw the amount, through an ATM, from the seller's account.

To avoid deception we advise citizens:

  • Always inform the police authorities, even in the event of an attempted fraud against you.
  • Avoid disclosing personal financial data and under no circumstances disclose personal passwords (PINs) or credit card verification codes to third parties.
  • Enter in the browser the address of your bank's website and do not enter it through hyperlinks (links). In any case, make sure that the e-banking page you are logging in to is authentic.
  • Do not fill out forms with your personal details when they are sent to you from unknown email addresses or via messages (SMS, Social Media, etc.).
  • In case of electronic money transfer to a potential seller, cross-check his details, as the beneficiary of the indicated account (Name, TIN).
  • Verify the movements in your bank accounts before any transaction and declare that you are not going to return money, without prior cross-checking of financial data.
  • Avoid depositing money to private sellers you do not know, even if they reveal their personal information or bank account number.
  • Do not be easily persuaded by people who "approach" you as acquaintances of relatives - friends.
  • Be especially wary of strangers trying to enter your home under various pretexts and tricks.
  • If a stranger enters your home under any pretext (eg conducting a survey, selling a product, needing to make a call, etc.), do not allow them to move to other areas of your home other than what is needed. never lose sight of him.
  • In this case, take care of your personal belongings, in order to avoid the possibility of their removal by the method of employment.
  • Be especially cautious when strangers try to persuade you to pay a sum of money, under the pretext of an emergency relative - friend (eg hospitalization). The same can be tried over the phone. For the same reasons do not give in to prompts for a meeting (appointment, etc.).
  • In cases where strangers invoke the emergency of an acquaintance-relative of yours, always seek to contact your acquaintance-relative by phone, to confirm what they invoke. The communication should be done with your own phone and on your own initiative and you should not agree to talk to a person, who was called by strangers.
  • In any case, state that you are not going to hand over money unless your acquaintances-relatives show up.
  • Under no circumstances should strangers take you to a Credit Shop or ATM to withdraw money.
  • Do not be easily persuaded by occasional purchases of products offered by strangers, especially without seeing these products first.
  • Do not be persuaded by strangers, who appear to be Civil Servants or any other body to correct a technical problem, unless you have called them before.
  • Do not be persuaded when strangers ask you to pay money for debts of acquaintances or relatives to public services or to shops-companies for buying goods-offering services.
  • It is pointed out that hospitals or public services do not use the practice of their employees going to homes or public places and asking citizens to pay for services they provide.
  • Be especially cautious when you find ads for selling vehicles at attractive prices as a "buying opportunity".
  • Avoid, preferably, transactions with persons who provide contact information outside Greece.
  • Always keep the telephone numbers available to you, which you need to contact in case of emergency (Police, Fire Department, Hospitals, close relatives, etc.).
  • Try to restrain the characteristics of the perpetrators, the vehicles in which they move (license plate, vehicle make, color, etc.), the telephone numbers from which they are calling you or the email address of the ad ( URL ) to assist the work of law enforcement authorities.
  • In any case, more tips to avoid deceiving citizens are available on a special banner on the website of the Greek Police ( ).

Additional information and tips for cyber fraud cases are available on its website Electronic Crime Prosecution Directorate .

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