The GNR dismantled a group that was dedicated to a scheme of scams through the internet in the Metropolitan Area of Lisbon, Faro and Azores, with which it achieved financial income of around one million euros.
In a statement, the GNR says that the Territorial Command of Braga, through the Territorial Detachment of Póvoa de Lanhoso, this week identified three men, aged between 30 and 40 years, and a woman, aged 60 years.
As he explains, the investigation began following a complaint of fraud in the granting of personal loans through social networks, which took place in December 2020.
The investigation “It allowed us to ascertain that the group’s mode of action consisted of an initial approach, through Facebook, with the supposed interested parties, requesting several transfers for payment of commissions and opening of process”, adds the GNR, stressing that the victims “they made the transfers, but they never saw the supposed loan being credited to their account”.
The operation follows the identification of three suspects by the GNR, in March this year, in the districts of Aveiro, Faro and Lisbon.
“With the development of the investigation, four more suspects were identified as part of the investigated scheme, with five searches carried out in homes and two in commercial establishments”, adianta a GNR.
The searches culminated in the seizure of various evidence material, from bank documentation to handwritten documents with proof of receipt and deposits of monetary values from different sources.
Various computer equipment used in the scheme (mobile phones, computers and tablets) were also seized, to be subjected to technical expertise.
With this scheme, it is estimated that the suspects have obtained a considerable financial gain, having been deceived hundreds of victims. The analysis of the evidence obtained and what has been found so far in the investigation allows us to advance that this group has obtained financial income in excess of one million euros”, adds the note.
The operation included the reinforcement of the criminal investigation structure of the Territorial Command of Braga, the Territorial Commands of Lisbon and Azores and with the collaboration of the Public Security Police (PSP).