The phishing of financial institutions inflicts up to € 150,000 in losses to the Spaniards who suffer from it: some accuse the banks

A host of 35 people who were victims of phishing at the end of the summer season met yesterday in Santiago de Compostela with representatives of ‘Pérez-Lema Avogados e Consultores. Target? Register to document a class legal action.

The problem shared by these other people is that they fell into the trap of phishing that impersonated their financial institution, Abanca. By doing this, they misplaced huge money. Some of these other people say that a few months ago, he lost more than 150,000 euros, and others claim to have misplaced all their financial savings.

The people concerned want to “face under a prison for singles”. Thus, according to the law, it is specified that “no one needs to be disadvantaged in submitting a prison declaration for this problem due to financial loss”. “Too much It was formerly agreed to equip the claims, which can undergo civil ways, in line with the typologies in an effort to reduce procedural prices and offer a wide variety ”, they explain from the workplace.


Phishing on behalf of Abanca

Between August and early September of that year, a phishing scam was alerted by Abanca. This was once a case of smishing that sought to gain the non-public knowledge of buyers of this financial institution. As Maldito Bulo warned, the hyperlink that includes text message, takes you to an Internet web page that is not accessible. The URL that the preliminary message led to began with “https: //abanca.virtual…” and this is not Abanca’s reliable URL (, a thing like that, as a consumer you will need to be aware of this kind of case at all times and it should work as the first serious warning.

In the summer of 2020, the Nationwide Cybersecurity Institute or INCIBE warned against any further scams phishing on behalf of Abanca (like the only one in the picture above). As part of the successful marketing campaign, the email theme was: “New message”. The frame of the message indicated to the consumer that an account replacement had been made.

Nowadays, there are no additional details on how the category movement process will continue nor of the way in which he seeks to make the financial institution responsible for this forgetfulness on the part of patients.

Abanca had been ordered to return the money to a phishing victim before

This lawsuit by which the buyers of the financial institution seek to hold the company responsible, takes a position a few weeks after the Pontevedra court sentenced Abanca return the scammed money to a consumer who has been a victim of phishing. It was the first sentence recorded in Galicia whereby the entity which had passed itself off as phishing was ordered to reimburse the victim in full.

The Vigo courtroom initially dominated the choice of financial institution because the consumer had had a “reckless angle” and this led Abanca to authorize the change. Of course, the customer used to be limited to not having the ability to change more than 10,000 euros in a transaction and here the money transferred was practically double.

The preliminary sentence was being appealed and L’Ecoute de Pontevedra ended up giving the victim the explanation. In agreement with them, the client did not act negligently, while they condemn the habits of the financial institution, each in this aforementioned operation, and their movements after learning about the scam.

Regarding phishing, the judges concluded that “the the message obtained through the victim of “phishing” had “safe characteristics” that they should have alerted her to the scam, but that doesn’t make her responsible for what happened.

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