from Montpellier to Tunisia, this company caused 3,500 victims

from Montpellier to Tunisia, this company caused 3,500 victims
from Montpellier to Tunisia, this company caused 3,500 victims


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– The company based in Montpellier was able to scam nearly 3,500 people over a short period.

A large-scale scam has been dismantled. Criminals have set up a scam allowing them to gain confidence in their victims. To do this, they sent an email containing a fraudulent link. By clicking on it, a window opened on the screen, reports Midi Libre, June 18, 2024. The latter indicated that the computer was infected. The message offered a number to call to unblock the computer. The victim was then put in contact with an alleged IT advisor.

For remuneration, he offered to repair everything remotely, as one of the investigators on a regional daily basis. “For this cleaning, he offered the victim an assistance contract worth between 150 and 1,500 euros, specifying that if she subscribed to it, the repair operations on her system would be free”, he specifies. The company based in Montpellier was thus able to scam nearly 3,500 people over a short period, from June to October 2020. As always in this type of scam, the victims are rather elderly and not comfortable with the ‘computer science.

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One million euros in damage

The scam allowed the Hérault-based company to gain nearly a million euros. The scammers were able to be put out of harm’s way thanks to the investigation launched following reports from October 2020 on the government platform cybermalveillance.gouv.fr. The young man who served as a nominee went to the police on his own. He claims to have been manipulated. The investigations then led to the arrest of twelve people and the targeting of three other suspects with an international search warrant.

The trial took place from May 13 to 28, 2024. The court’s decision is expected on July 1. The prosecution requested sentences ranging from six to eight years for the main organizers of the scam, four Franco-Tunisian brothers.

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