It’s called “cyber trading fraud” – and again a Styrian couple fell for investment fraud. That was very expensive for the Styrians: the couple had transferred 300,000 euros to an alleged investment company since April. When an expected profit distribution did not come, it turned out that there was no trace of the “business partners”. . .
The couple from Southeast Styria believed they were doing good business with the (alleged) investment company and have been transferring a lot of money since April: a total of 300,000 euros! Several transactions were made to German banks for this. A few days ago, a remittance and a distribution of profits should have taken place – but this did not happen. The victims attempted to contact the company again. However, no one could be reached by the alleged investment company either via the known e-mail accounts or by telephone. The couple filed a complaint. Initial police investigations revealed that the alleged offices had been closed. Further investigations are ongoing. “Cyber Trading Fraud” Such fraud is also known as “Cyber Trading Fraud”. According to the police, potential investors on the Internet are being tricked into making money payments for supposedly lucrative investment deals. The victims are recruited via internet advertisements, social networks, calls from specially created call centers or mass mailings. The platforms are very professionally designed and initially fake high profits to entice victims to make further payments. The money paid is not invested, but disappears into the criminal network. The Federal Criminal Police Office provides information on how to protect yourself from such forms of fraud: Prevent fraud (bundeskriminalamt.at)