18-year-old Crimean suspected of aiding phone scammers
Scheme «Your relative is the culprit of the accident.»
A few days ago, four residents of Sevastopol, aged 77 to 87, turned to the Sevastopol police with statements that they had become victims of telephone scams. They received calls on landline phones from unknown persons who introduced themselves as law enforcement officers and reported that their daughters were responsible for an accident with serious consequences. Allegedly, in order to free the relatives from criminal liability and settle the issue with the victims, the scammers demanded that large sums be transferred to them. Since the callers had some information about their victims, addressed them by name, the pensioners did not suspect fraud and handed over the money to the courier.
Employees of the Criminal Investigation Department of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Sevastopol established the signs of the suspect and found out that the same person took the money. As a result of operational search activities, the suspect was detained in the Crimean capital, where he also managed to commit a similar crime.— reported in the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Sevastopol.
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The young man said that in one of the social networks he found an ad about quick and easy money. In correspondence, he contacted an anonymous curator, provided him with his passport details and agreed to cooperate. Then, according to the instructions received, the suspect went by bus to Sevastopol, where, in compliance with secrecy measures, he visited the addresses that the curators told him and took money from elderly women. After each visit, an accomplice of telephone scammers transferred the money stolen by fraud to the accounts indicated to him, and kept 10% of the amount for himself as a reward— said in the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Sevastopol.
During a search at the place of residence of the suspect, the police seized part of the money obtained by criminal means, a smartphone and a bank card. A criminal case has been initiated against the detainee under parts 2 and 3 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Fraud”, he faces up to 6 years in prison. The swindler’s accomplice was taken into custody.
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