Two residents of Minas Gerais lost about R$ 60,000 after entering fake auctions to buy vehicles. The coups took place last week and according to the Civil Police of Minas Gerais, on Tuesday (17), police officers from Santa Catarina served a preventive arrest warrant against a 23-year-old man in Florianópolis.
He is suspected of being part of a criminal association dedicated to embezzlement crimes, in the modality known as “fake vehicle auction”. According to the team from the 1st Civil Police Station in Nova Lima, the victim, who lives in the municipality of Minas Gerais, suffered a loss of approximately R$26,000 after making a false bid for a vehicle.
Investigations pointed out that the investigated was responsible for the withdrawal of said amount in the city of Florianópolis. According to the Civil Police, the man is arrested and at the disposal of Justice.
Already the next day, on Wednesday (18) another blow. The Civil Police of Minas Gerais reported that a 42-year-old man registered an incident in Belo Horizonte where he reported that he lost 35,000 reais in a false bid to buy an Ônix.
As the crime was committed electronically, the PCMG carried out preliminary surveys and, by all indications, the account and documents provided by the suspect, who has yet to be identified, are possibly false.
The PCMG continues with the investigation in order to determine the circumstances and authorship of the crime.
The police also made an alert for those who usually participate in online auctions, when a search is made on Google for ‘Palace of Auctions’, at least four advertisements for false websites appear duplicating the official’s information. The pages use the names of vehicle insurance companies, national, state and local departments of transit, public banks and official auctioneers, causing significant harm to buyers.
The guidelines are for interested parties to seek information through official channels. In the case of the Detran-MG, the citizen can access the official portal or call the number 155. If there are injured victims, the PCMG instructs them to file a police report at a Civil Police Station closest to their residence, so that the appropriate legal measures are adopted.
Since 2018, according to the Civil Police of Minas Gerais, there have been 278,145 cyber crimes in the state. The number has continued to grow since 2018.
Source: CNN Brasil
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