A 25-year-old man was sentenced on Thursday by the Amsterdam District Court to nine months in prison, three of which were conditional.

The man stole thousands in 2019 by linking his victims' ING banking app to his phone.

According to the ruling, the perpetrator approached his victims with the question whether they wanted to transfer money to him via the ING app, because he had lost his debit card and needed money.

Those affected opened their banking app so that the perpetrator could enter his account number.

He then scanned the QR codes on his victims' phones and took over their ING app.

Finally, those affected had to enter their security codes on the perpetrator's phone, who then had full access to his victims' accounts.

In one of the thefts, the convict stole more than 3,500 euros.

The fraud was only possible with ING customers.

The bank has now removed the option to transfer its banking app to another phone via a QR code.