Cybercrime has gone from representing 7.6% of all criminal offences in Sitges in 2019 – and 18.7% in Sant Pere de Ribes – to 10.9% and 28.1% respectively. These are the figures for the first six months of 2023, according to data from the Ministry of the Interior.
The figures are growing exponentially year after year, according to the security forces, with increasingly sophisticated techniques, which take advantage of the vulnerability of Internet users and their trust, and which are often very complex to investigate.
The types of computer scams are endless. In many of the cases, the participation of the victims is direct and necessary for the scam to be carried out.
‘There is a sophisticated degree of social engineering, of the art of deceiving with social skills, of making the victim believe that he is talking to who he is not talking to, to get the scam to work,’ said Adrián Sánchez, a police agent of the Investigation Unit for the Garraf area of the Mossos d’Esquadra.
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