"The treasure bag": what it is and how the scam that the authorities have already alerted works

“The treasure bag”: what it is and how the scam that the authorities have already alerted works

According to the Ministry of Citizen Security, scammers use persuasive strategies to reach their victims. (Photo: SSC CDMX)

The Cyberpolice unit warned of a new form of extortion called “The treasure chestthis strategy is used by criminals to obtain personal information from victims and thus be ableEarn money. The dependence of Citizen Security Secretariat (SSC) reported that this method of operation has 10 reports per month.

In the same way, he mentioned that social networks and messaging applications are the tools through which the crime is committed, since the scammer creates a relationship of trust with his victim in order to obtain personal data.

According to the Cyber ​​Police Unit, this new fraud strategy occurs when the criminal contacts his victim via social networks and makes him believe that he is a relative of the foreigner, in this way the offender asks for his help to return to his country.

The main lie is that before returning to their territory, the cybercriminal will send your luggage with the suspected family member contacted and, in addition, he will offer you “generous gifts” to receive your belongings. Once the victim accepts the offer, the scammer asks for personal information with the sophism that he needs this data to give it to customs officers and thus complete the shipment.

The scammers use the information of the victim's relatives to create bonds of trust.  EFE/Sascha Steinbach
The scammers use the information of the victim’s relatives to create bonds of trust. EFE/Sascha Steinbach

Later, the injured person receives an SMS from an alleged parcel agency, asking for money to continue the delivery and not lose it. If the answer is negative on the part of the person concerned, the offender contacts him again and use persuasive techniques to convince him to make the payment.

According to investigations carried out by the staff of the CSSto reach their victims, offenders create fake profiles on social media or messaging apps. in these accounts use information from relatives people they want to scam and thus manage to start a conversation.

During these talks, the scammer builds trust and asks the victim for help to return to their country. However, this is all a lie to steal money from people.

Using information shared on social media, criminals use photographs of victims' relatives to reach them.  (Photo: Pxhere)
Using information shared on social media, criminals use photographs of victims’ relatives to reach them. (Photo: Pxhere)

In addition to tricking people into providing personal information, such as credentials to access their accounts, addresses or make payments, criminals also trick people into believing that they have participated in a money laundering crime and that they are accomplices to the said crime; this way they ask them for more money so as not to be arrested.

Elements of the Cyber ​​Police Unit mentioned that per month, they receive about 10 reports for this type of scam. Among the main recommendations to avoid being victims of this crime are:

Have up-to-date anti-virus programs on technological equipment

Avoid adding strangers on social media

Do not share personal information with strangers

Check the authenticity of profiles that send friend requests on social networks

Beware of emails or messages from unknown or suspicious senders

Check that the user with whom the conversations are taking place is a known person or a family member

Do not enter any type of link sent by unrecognizable contacts

Do not make bank deposits or wire transfers to strangers

SSC elements advised that to disable the scam, it is best to break communication channels with the alleged parcel agencies and with the alleged parents. In addition, they asked the population to meeting with public prosecutors file a complaint if you are a victim.

On the other hand, if any suspicious advertisements or irregular applications are detected, individuals should contact the Cyber ​​Police Unit staff at the email address police.cibernetica@ssc.cdmx.gob.mx or on the phone 5242 5100 extension 5086where they will be assisted every day.

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