Interior Minister Mladen Marinov: Phone frauds on decrease17 May 2019 | 16:37 | FOCUS News Agency
In his words, an example of good cooperation is the partnership with banks. Bank and police officers have been appointed for direct contact in case of а suspected phone fraud. The ministry has provided criteria for identifying potential victims, the minister said.
He noted the long-standing partnership of the interior ministry with the mobile operators. "As a result of active measures taken, according to the data of the operator, fraud calls fell from 81,025 in February to 18,792 in March. In April, their number was reduced to 1,581 attempted frauds. The same measures have been identified and applied with the other two telecoms," the minister said. In his words, the registered phone frauds in March 2019 were 56 compared to 137 in March 2018. "The trend was preserved in April as well – 48 registered phone frauds compared to 71 in the same month of 2018. Here, attempts and crimes of previous periods were included for which pre-trial proceedings were instituted in April 2019. Summarised statistics indicates that in the last three years: 2016 to 2018 there had been a reduction in the registered telephone frauds, "the minister said. He further said that according to unofficial information, the damage caused for the period is between BGN 22 and 23 million. "For the period 1 January 2019 - 30 April 2019 there were 343 telephone frauds compared to 404 for the same period in 2018, or an over 15% decrease," he said, adding that the Ministry of the Interior is applying a systematic approach in counteracting this type of crime and constantly improves its working methods and the skills and competencies of its employees.
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