Determined con man continues phishing from prison

Determined con man continues phishing from prison

A 23-year-old man from Groningen, who was convicted of phishing last year, continued his activities from his cell. He has been sentenced to 44 months in prison, the Public Prosecution Service (OM) reported Friday.

In the summer of last year, a telephone was found in the suspect’s cell. Later investigations revealed that the man had engaged in the same practices from prison for which he had previously been convicted: phishing and fraud.

Later that summer, a second phone was found in his cell. Two more phones were found shortly after. The telephones contained more than a thousand conversations that he had had via Marktplaats. He tried to trick people into clicking a phishing link through his sales platform.

The investigation also revealed that the suspect was an accomplice. This person, a 22-year-old man from Hoogezand, gave the suspect access to so-called phishing panels from outside the prison. This allows criminals to view victims’ bank details.

The 23-year-old suspect has reported at least 16 victims. In total, it concerns more than 34,000 euros. The 22-year-old actor provided the necessary instructions and phishing flags for this, but was also interested in logging into their bank accounts.

The prosecutor said he saw his accomplice as a “full-fledged perpetrator”. A 66-month prison sentence was demanded.

Source: NU