A gang arrested for SMS fraud in Riyadh

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Riyadh Police have arrested a gang of scammers who specialised in sending out text messages to deceive people into giving them their bank accounts details, Saudi press agency said on Tuesday. 

Who were the Gang Members? 

All eight people in the gang were recognized as the Pakistani nationals. All of them were aged between the 30s to 40s. It was a group of Pakistani scammers and hackers who deceived several people in the Kingdom.

SMS would make the recepients think either that they won a cash prize, or that their bank cards would be suspended if they don’t reply.  They would then lure their victims to provide them with personal data that enables them to have access to the victim’s bank account.

After which the scammers would empty the accounts by transfering funds to bank accounts in Pakistan, Colonel Shaker Al Tuwaijri, the media spokesperson for Riyadh Police, said.  Police raided their residence and seized SR 25,000 (Dhs 24,483), ATM cards and 37 mobile phones carrying different numbers.

Where are the arrested now? 

The arrested are now referred to the public prosecution for investigation and no further news has been disclosed. However, it is believed that they will be punished according to the law.