Three men from Amsterdam and Amstelveen have been convicted by the court for making victims through phishing for years. They were sentenced to prison terms and community service. They also jointly have to pay 183,000 euros in damages.
This was decided by the court of Rotterdam on Tuesday. Because there are three suspects, three sentences have been drawn up.
This is how the suspects proceeded
It concerns a 26-year-old, 30-year-old and 31-year-old man from Amsterdam and Amstelveen. Between 2014 and 2019 they made numerous victims via phishing. This is a scam where cybercriminals try to steal personal information from unsuspecting victims. They misuse this data for financial gain, for example, to plunder someone’s savings account. Others resell the data to other criminals.
In this case, the men sent fake emails and text messages to the victims. They pretended to be a telecom company, bank or credit card company. In the fake messages, they referred victims to a rogue page. On the phishing site, they could enter their bank login details.
The scammers used this information to change customer addresses. They then bought brand new iPhones in the customer’s name. These were delivered to the address of cat-catchers. Finally, money was also transferred to the bank accounts of the cat-catchers.
Court takes offenses ‘serious offenses’
According to the court, it is indisputable that the men were guilty of computer breaches (hacking), fraud, theft and money laundering. One of the suspects developed the phishing sites, through which he played “a crucial role”. “After all, without the phishing websites he created and