An Assen man was arrested on Tuesday for bilking several people out of their money by posing as a helpful bank employee alerting them by phone about fraud on their accounts. The man, 25, would ask his victims to download a program that enabled him to gain access to their bank accounts, RTV Drenthe reports.
According to the cyber team of the Zeeland-West-Brabant Police, the suspect, who has not been identified, was apprehended after three months of search. Since December 2021, the cyber security officials have received at least five complaints that an unidentified caller had posed as a bank clerk and asked his victims to download the malicious software. The caller seemed credible and offered a quick and necessary solution. He would then transfer his victims’ money into ‘secure bank accounts’. In reality, the money was siphoned off into an account that only the suspect could access.
Police detectives seized the man’s computers, digital devices and banking records as part of their investigation into the case. The suspect will be questioned within days and appropriate charges will be filed.