After noticing that tens of thousands of euros had been withdrawn from two of his back accounts, the 64-year-old was quick to inform local police in Ottenheim.
The pensioner was the victim of a so-called "phishing fraud", which involved the creation of a fake web site that appeared to belong to his regular bank. Through use of the stolen banking credentials via the fraudulent web site, a group of international offenders were able to gain illegal access to the man's accounts, and transfer the money to their own account.
Due to the fast response of police, the bank involved was able to make a full recovery of the stolen funds.
As the result of a joint investigation between police in Vienna and Ottenheim, a total of five suspects were identified — three Poles and two Lithuanians. The three Polish suspects have now been arrested by police in Vienna, according to a press release on Sunday.
The fraud occurred on April 17.