“Last year, 60,000 cases of illegal private finance and voice phishing reports increased by 59%”

The Financial Supervisory Service announced that the number of reports and consultations with the financial authorities in relation to illegal private finance and voice phishing last year was 6,208, an increase of 58.8% from the previous year. [Photo: Financial Supervisory Service]
The Financial Supervisory Service announced that the number of reports and consultations with the financial authorities in relation to illegal private finance and voice phishing last year was 6,208, an increase of 58.8% from the previous year. [Photo: Financial Supervisory Service]

[Digital Today Reporter Kang Jin-gyu] Last year, the number of reports and consultations with the financial authorities related to illegal private finance and voice phishing was analyzed to be 6,208 cases, an increase of 58.8% from the previous year.

The Financial Supervisory Service announced on the 30th that the total number of reports and consultations received at the illegal private finance reporting center in 2020 was 12,8538 (a daily average of 514), an increase of 12,916 (11.2%) from 115622 in 2019. .

The FSS reported damages (concerns) related to illegal private finance, voice phishing and similar reception out of the total number of reports and consultations, and the number of consultations increased significantly from 37,922 cases in the previous year, the highest since 2015 (61,761 cases). Explained that it was recorded.

The Financial Supervisory Service pointed out that this surge seems to have reflected an increase in voice phishing and illegal loans (attempts) through text messages for the low-income and economically vulnerable groups due to Corona 19.

In detail, reports and consultations related to voice phishing were 52,165 last year, up 60.7% from 32,454 in 2019.

Reports and consultations related to illegal private finance were 7351, up 47.4% from 4986 in 2019, and the number of similar receptions was 692, up 43.6% from 482 in 2019.

In the case of voice phishing suspicious reports and consultations such as phone or text inquiries, the Financial Supervisory Service prevented damage by promptly guiding the response method to prevent damage, while guiding individuals to register with the accident prevention system and M-Safer to prevent damage. . In addition, for 504 reports of actual damages, it was supported to apply for suspension of payment of the corresponding account immediately.

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The Financial Supervisory Service also announced that it has requested the investigation authorities (prosecutors and police) to investigate 52 suspects (companies) who have a considerable number of violations among reports of illegal private financing and the victims wishing for criminal punishment and 82 allegations of similar reception.

Author/ Translator: Jamie Kim
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