Scammers set out to convince people that they are genuine business people or members of an agency. (photo: www.groupsaedal.com)
According to recent reports registered by the Integrated Information System, a new gang of fraudsters has emerged in Bogotá, as well as a new modality.
The criminals, who have not yet been correctly identified, have been operating for several months through escort or “prepaid” web pages. Sites where users must provide their cell phone number to access services, which is nothing other than contacting the chosen woman.
These web pages work based on the free will of both advertisers and visitors. It is basically a catalog of services in which a person makes an advertisement public, in order to attract customers, and whoever is interested is willing to leave their name and telephone number registered.
Well, criminals rely on this information to defraud users who, for some reason, do not finish completing the service. That is, once they contact the companion, the time and place for the meeting must be agreed, as well as the service fee. If the conversation does not come to fruition, the user is free to stop the communication without any type of penalty or obligation. It is worth clarifying that in these websites, the legality that operates is hardly present.
Among the terms and conditions that are usually accepted, it is stipulated that by accessing these sites and using their services, “the user accepts the commitment to be informed of any changes in these.” The published ads appear “at the Advertiser’s own initiative under his entire responsibility. The publication of such advertisements is not subject to any type of prior verification.
These sexual services portals are not responsible for “the veracity, legality, respect for property rights and eventual dissatisfaction with the public or moral order of the online content entered by the user under any conditions.”
By offering services of publication and consultation of advertisements free of charge, these sites do not act as mediators “between the browser user, the user who publishes the content and the user who responds to the advertisements”.
Thus, there is no type of guarantee or coverage for those who enter these sites. The user knows at all times that he is doing it under her responsibility and based on all this, the scammers act.
The modus operandi of criminals is as follows:
They use the user’s information to contact him, supposedly representing an escort agency called “La Madame Escorts Agency”. They remind him that he was browsing one of these sites and with his name and surname they inform him that it is necessary to pay some values corresponding to a clause for the service not taken, three tariffs and a coercive amount. They indicate that if she does not make these payments, the escort contacted will not be able to continue providing her services on the website, since she has been blocked from her user due to the non-concretion of the service with the visiting user.
In order for the companion to return to work, the visiting user must pay specific amounts to “unlock” the advertiser user. If the person does not do this, the scammers, who pretend to be agency representatives, inform them that the necessary legal measures will be taken and a report will be made in risk centers. Then, a fine corresponding to 20 current legal minimum wages will be imposed.
Making use of the information of the users and controlling the situation at all times, the scammers gradually increase the payment of the aforementioned items and when the person has already paid large sums of money, they demand the cancellation of a new and more high value. Always reminding you, or making you believe, that all the money will be returned to you in less than five minutes once the operation is complete.
Although the authorities have not found them, the scammers operate under the names of CAMILO ZAPATA and ANDRÉS GUZMÁN, supported by the advertisements of a woman who identifies herself as VALENTINA and is located north of the country’s capital. Between the three of them, they are in charge of scamming people who, in general, are men between 30 and 40 years of age.
It should be noted that, usually, the advertisers of these web pages use altered images of other people, photos of models on Instagram, or content creators.
According to the information provided by one of the users who was a victim of these criminals, and has preferred to keep his name hidden, the money that was taken from him with this modality rose from two million pesos to four in less than two hours. The fraudsters asked him to cancel a clause of 330,000 pesos, a first tariff of 620,000, a second of 950,000 and a third of 1,900,000. At that point, they told him that a coercive amount of 4,000,000 was needed.
They told him they would give him all the money back. If he did not proceed with the full and immediate payments, they did not guarantee his credit security and would proceed with the “legal” processes of the case.
Once the person was aware of what had happened, he told them that he had no more money, that he would not pay any more, and that they should return what had already been paid. The scammers proceed to activate a network of phone numbers that contact the user via WhatsApp and begin to threaten to make it all public. This network corresponds to advertisers of these websites, including VALENTINA.
The user made use of a legal figure to proceed with the case and the scammers, upon contacting the lawyer, decide to stop the process and proceed with the return of the money, which never happens. The lawyer communicates with them, but they no longer respond either by phone call or by message.
The affected person lost about four million pesos and is still in the process of filing a complaint to try to get his money back and make it clear that the fraudsters, in addition to stealing it, have also been impersonating him in banking entities.
Keeping his name confidential, this person has agreed to share the information provided by the criminals through WhatsApp, as well as the photographs and phone numbers with which the scammers operate. Here we present them:
ANDRES GUZMAN PHONE NUMBER: +57 319 5273743
CAMILO ZAPATA PHONE NUMBER: +57 313 2634822
VALENTINE’S PHONE NUMBER: +57 320 2761539
The woman identifies herself as Valentina and apparently uses photographs that do not correspond to her true face. (Courtesy).
Bank accounts used by the scammers, as well as Nequi numbers and linked names:
ELSA DIAZ CUEVAS (Nequi User: 3014314872)
LAURA ALEJANDRA VÁSQUEZ (Savings Account – Bancolombia: 03014594776)
SIN IDENTIFY (Non User: 3112299818)
It is likely that by now the scammers have already changed phone numbers, as well as their identities, but based on the information provided by the complainant, at Infobae Colombia we make the case public so that the authorities can act on it and the citizens take the necessary measures. necessary precautions.
Telephone numbers for complaints of this type, such as fraud or impersonation, at the Contact Center of the Attorney General’s Office: 60 (1) 5702000 (#7) in Bogotá, 018000919748 or cell line 122 for the rest of the country.
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