’19 Euro Scam’ | National Police warns of a 19 Euro scam

’19 Euro Scam’ | National Police warns of a 19 Euro scam
’19 Euro Scam’ | National Police warns of a 19 Euro scam

In today’s digital age, scam methods have become more diverse and sophisticated, affecting citizens of all ages and socioeconomic levels. The National Police has issued a statement on its social networks warning citizens about the ’19 euro scam’, through which criminals trick victims into getting their money.

The mechanism of the scam

The scammers, posing as the DGT, They send text messages to their victims claiming that they have an unpaid fine of 19 euros, which will increase if not paid within 24 hours. The message is usually short and direct, stating: “Electronic headquarters. You have a Unpaid fine of 19 euros, which will increase in 24 hours if we do not receive payment.”

This type of fraud is especially effective because it appeals to people’s fear of incur higher expenses or legal problemsprompting them to act quickly without verifying the authenticity of the message. The scam takes advantage of the fear and urgency generated by fine notifications, using the image of the General Directorate of Traffic (DGT) to give credibility to its false claims.

Details of the fraudulent message and link

The message is designed to appear authentic, mimicking the official DGT communication style. In addition to the urgency of payment, the message includes a link that supposedly facilitates immediate payment of the fine. However, by clicking on this link, the victim is redirected to a fake web page which requests personal and banking information, which is then used by criminals to steal money from the victim’s account.

Police Recommendations

To avoid falling for this scam, the National Police offers several recommendations:

  • One has to Check the sourcesince the DGT notifies fines only through official letters sent by post, never by email.

  • Distrust In the face of urgency, no communication demanding immediate payment and threatening to impose penalties is truthful.

  • Never click about links included in emails from unverified sources.

  • Consult official sources in case of doubt about the veracity of a communication.

If you have received a suspicious message like the one described, the Police recommend not replying or following the link provided. Instead, it is important to Report the incident to the authoritiess so that they can take action and prevent other citizens from falling into the trap. Also, if you have already provided personal or financial information, it is advisable to contact the bank to take the necessary protection and fraud prevention measures.

 
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