This is how criminals use it to extort money from you

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Not even Europol it is saved from identity theft. Through his Twitter account, the National Police has warned of emails in which the criminals pose as the international agency with the purpose —warn the agents— of obtaining the information of the victims. “Is phishingthey only want your data and for nothing good”, emphasizes the security body.

In a letter that the Police shows as an example, it can be seen how the letter, allegedly signed by the General Director of the Civil Guard and with the seals of the armed institute, the National Police Horn and Europol itself, warns the victim about what has been implicated in a case of child pornographypedophilia and exhibitionism, among other crimes.

Threats and no margin to contrast

“He is accused of having committed a crime related to the viewing of pornographic videos and photos of minors on the Internet, which have been detected by our cyber police and constitute evidence of a crime,” continues the letter, which quotes the victim and warns him that the agents are authorized to “use all legal means to bring you to justice”. Before, he asks her to send an email within 72 hours with her version. After that time, he assures that the case will be taken to the Versailles prosecutor’s office and an “immediate” arrest warrant will be issued.

It is not the first time that cybercriminals resort to a similar deception, both in form and substance. At the end of January the Civil Guard prevented of emails in which the criminals posed as the armed institute with the same purpose: serious accusations were launched at the victims and they were given a couple of days to provide their version and provide data.

The Office of Citizen Security (OSI) breaks down What exactly does the deception consist of, how is it orchestrated and what is its objective: to extort money from the victim and, if necessary, ask for money.

In the case of the alleged emails from the Civil Guard, a response was required within 48 hours. The objective of shortening both times, explain from OSI, is precisely to limit the ability of the victim to verify that the mail is authentic. “After this period, we will be forced to transmit our report to the Judicial Court of your region for the establishment of an arrest warrant against you, which will be followed by an immediate arrest by the Police closest to your home,” details one of the fraudulent emails that it shows as an example.

In others, they threaten to include the victim in the National Registry of Sex Offenders and send the information to “anti-pederasty organizations” and the media. The letters, signed and stamped, launch accusations as serious as having spread nudes on networks and other websites where minors can see them. “The records of images, nude videos of you and minors, recorded by Cyberinfiltration are evidence of your crimes“, he warns.


The OSI points out some clues that can help victims unmask cybercriminals: emails are sent from accounts with domains that have no relation to the Civil Guard wave National Police. The message, also written in Spanish, shows spelling and grammar errors. “This deception is known as extortion and anyone could be a victim of it, since actually there is no researchbut it is the pretext to cause concern to the receiver of the mail and to give signs that the mailbox is active”, he points out.

The State security forces are not the only ones that cybercriminals have supplanted in recent days. On Friday the armed institute also alerted of messages that use the image of telephone operators to deceive users and get them to provide them with their data and subscribe to special pricing services of 70 euros per month. The hook: supposed gifts.

Not even Europol it is saved from identity theft. Through his Twitter account, the National Police has warned of emails…

Not even Europol it is saved from identity theft. Through his Twitter account, the National Police has warned of emails…

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