November 15th, 2022 at 4:21 p.m. by Thilo Bayer – The Schweinfurt criminal police report on a particularly blatant case of commercial fraud on Ebay classifieds. The suspects swindled around 900,000 euros with fake sales of consoles and graphics cards.
As reported by the Schweinfurt police, three men between the ages of 19 and 20 are now in custody. The arrest was preceded by long investigations that began at the end of 2020. At that time, investigations were started against a group of nine who were accused of money laundering. The group is said to have opened bank accounts and passed on the access data to third parties. According to the report, you were “recruited” via a Snapchat account.
Commodity fraud for luxury lifestyle
The investigations into money laundering then uncovered the actual backers who committed “mass” fraud on these bank accounts. Mentioned are high-priced goods such as “Playstations” (presumably PS5) and graphics cards that were sold on Ebay classifieds via existing user accounts – but “without willingness to perform”. The accounts were probably hijacked via a hack.
Communication with interested parties was first via Ebay Messenger and then via Whatsapp. In order to appear more serious, the alleged perpetrators sent photos of ID documents of other fraud victims. A separate investigative commission at the Schweinfurt Kripo found 100 account details for the goods fraud and almost 2,000 incoming payments with a total value of 900,000 euros. The fraud victims should come from all over Germany. According to the investigation, the “fraudulently obtained money was used by the suspects for long-distance travel, to buy branded clothing, to rent luxury cars and generally for a luxurious lifestyle”. The three main suspects are now in custody, and the account holders must prepare themselves for money laundering proceedings.
In this context, the criminal police point out that sales talks should not be conducted outside of the respective platform. In addition, you should not send any ID data to third-party providers. Opening bank accounts for third parties should also be avoided, not even in connection with a job offer.