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The Ministry of Interior and Administration warns against BLIK fraud.  Reminds how to protect yourself against fraud

The Ministry of Interior and Administration warns against BLIK fraud. Reminds how to protect yourself against fraud

The Ministry of Interior and Administration warns against BLIK fraud.  Reminds how to protect yourself against fraud

BLIK is one of the most popular payment methods in Poland. Unfortunately, it is also often used by fraudsters. This week, the police in Elbląg detained further people suspected of extorting money using this transaction method. The Ministry of Interior and Administration issued a communiqué reminding how to effectively protect yourself against fraud.

BLIK is becoming an increasingly popular payment method. In the first quarter of this year alone, 518 million transactions worth PLN 73.9 billion were made using it. The solution was actively used by 16.3 million users during this period. Unfortunately, popularity goes hand in hand with the interest of fraudsters. Despite numerous warnings, BLIK has been used successfully for years by fraudsters, who fall victim to other people.

BLIK fraud. What are they and how to protect yourself against losing funds?

In most cases, fraud occurs as a result of hacking into social media or instant messenger accounts. The perpetrators impersonate their owners and send a request to their contacts and friends to share the BLIK code. They often explain the request as an urgent need for a loan or an emergency.

The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration reminds on the X portal the steps that can be taken to protect yourself against fraud. First of all, it is worth remembering to use two-factor login authentication. This makes it difficult for unwanted people to access your social media accounts. It is also worth keeping in mind the protection of the phone itself and the PIN for the bank’s mobile application.

However, if we have received a request to share a BLIK code, it is worth first determining whether it actually came from our friend. A good habit may be to try to confirm your identity by calling your interlocutor. Before approving a transaction in mobile banking, it is also a good idea to check the detailed transaction data. Until we confirm the transfer, the fraudster will not be able to withdraw the funds.

Elbląg. The police detained four people in a BLIK fraud case

The Provincial Police Headquarters in Gdańsk announced on Monday (June 17) that a group of people suspected of extorting BLIK codes had been detained in Elbląg. “A 21-year-old woman, together with a 24-year-old man, was waiting for BLIK codes, which were supposed to be sent to her on one of the messengers from an unknown person. She also made withdrawals in other cities and transferred the money to another man, also detained by the police. It turned out It is also learned that the detained woman has been conducting this type of criminal activity for almost a year,” the command’s press office reported.

A 21-year-old and a 24-year-old were wanted on the basis of arrest warrants and arrest warrants. The detained were allegedly traveling in a vehicle with two other men – a 24-year-old and a 35-year-old. They were also detained, and the prosecutor charged one of them with fraud. The police found that on the same day, the 21-year-old withdrew nearly PLN 4,000 from an ATM in Elbląg. zloty. Cash in the amount of less than PLN 4,500 was also found in the car. zloty. The three suspects may face up to eight years in prison for their crime.

Source: Gazeta

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