Cybercrime ring busted; defendants to stand trial on March 6

Manama, Feb. 26 (BNA): 21 suspects accused of defrauding bank account holders will appear before the High Criminal Court on March 6.

The Public Prosecution charged them with establishing an electronic crime gang specialized in stealing money after obtaining bank account details from their owners in a fraudulent manner.

Investigations revealed that the criminal network managed to steal 21,000 dinars from its victims through fraud, the head of the Cybercrime Prosecution said in a statement today.

The defendants posed as employees of a local bank and entered contact with their victims to tell them that their account details needed to be updated or to make them believe they had won cash prizes, before convincing them to reveal their passwords.

The Public Prosecution launched an investigation, which was alerted by the Cybercrime Department of the General Directorate for Anti-Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security.

It listened to the testimonies of the victims, the investigator and the official in one of the financial institutions through which the transfers were made. Local banks have also been ordered to track the victims’ money.

The Public Prosecution office interrogated 18 suspects arrested as part of the investigation, remanded them in custody, and ordered the pursuit and trial of the other accomplices who remain at large.

The Head of the Cybercrime Prosecution called on citizens and residents not to disclose their banking data or share it with any party, except in accordance with instructions and directives issued by the banking sector and security agencies in this regard.

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