In today's world, it seems that scamming and fraud have become all too common. Unfortunately, this is not just a perception, but a harsh reality for many individuals and businesses. In Turkey, the situation is particularly dire, as cases of scamming and fraud have doubled since last year. The reason for this increase is due to the severe economic crises that the country has been experiencing. As an attorney who has seen the devastating effects of fraud and scams on innocent victims, I feel it is important to shed light on this issue and discuss ways to protect ourselves from falling victim to these crimes. In this blog, I will explore the current state of scamming and fraud in Turkey, the economic factors that contribute to this trend, and provide practical tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.
Cases of scamming and fraud have doubled since last year in Turkey due to the severe economic
crises. Scammers find new tricks every day. However, some of their tricks do not change. The most common one is to isolate their target. For example, the target is called by the scammer, given personal information about the target to gain their trust or put them in a tunnel of fear. Once in the tunnel, the target is forced to go step by step to the only exit indicated by the scammers. Scammers usually use two ways such as telling target’s private information, which is usually not accessible to ordinary people, or putting him/her in tunnel of fear to gain target’s trust. In this way, the target of the
scammers believes that the people in front of them are official people such as policemen
prosecutors. In the period we live in, even whether the pizza you ordered last week had olives or not
is recorded by companies. This data (information) is sometimes stolen and sometimes sold illegally.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the person on the other end of the phone knows your title deed
information, your parents; and grandparents; names, etc. Recently, there have been cases of data theft or other types of fraud/scamming by sending links to sites similar to UYAP or e-GOVERNMENT (E-Devlet for Turkey) sites and clicking on these links thinking that they are UYAP or E-GOVERNMENT (E-Devlet). Since phone calls and tricks such as your name has been implicated in organised crimes or a drug case have become a bit classic, some technical tricks have been added to them recently. For
example, when the target is told that your name is involved in an organised crime, etc, and the
target responds with "let me call my husband, wife, friend, etc. and I will get back to you!" The
scammers can continue to keep the target in the tunnel of fear. The scammers can make the number
of the person the target will call as busy or unreachable with some kind of technical tricks. For all
these reasons, do not click on messages from unrecognised numbers, keep in mind that the police,
gendarmerie and prosecutor do not conduct investigations by calling on the phone, that no one will
be removed from the investigation file by putting money in front of the trash can in the corner, and
that the scammers on the other end of the phone can even know the time of delivery of the food you
ate last week thanks (!) to modern technical developments.
Attorney A. Selim Babaoğlu
We, Babaoğlu Law Firm (Babaoğlu Hukuk Bürosu), have been serving Turkish citizen and noncitizen clients for over 15 years in Turkey. We are specialised in defending criminal cases, divorce cases, child custody cases, lawsuits of pecuniary loss and intangible damages, applications for Turkish citizenship, consultancy of the law on the protection of personal data for companies, all sorts of labor indemnities, launching a companies, legal procedures of debt recovery, inheritance law, commercial law, taxation law, real property law and legislations.
I am A. Selim Babaoğlu, who is the founder of law firm. We serve legal consultancy and having cases especially in Istanbul and besides many cities of Turkey.