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Fraudulent scheme stopped in Yalta: swindlers swindled Crimeans out of about 500 thousand rubles

Fraudulent scheme stopped in Yalta: swindlers swindled Crimeans out of about 500 thousand rubles

CrimeaPRESS reports:

The Investigative Department of the Yalta Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia has completed the investigation of a criminal case against a resident of the Rostov Region, who is accused of committing crimes under Part 2 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud committed by a group of persons by prior conspiracy, causing significant damage to citizens).

During the preliminary investigation, it was established that the 25-year-old criminal, wanting to earn some extra money, saw an ad in one of the messengers created by an unidentified person. During the correspondence with the site administrator, the accused was offered to take part in a criminal scheme for the remote theft of citizens’ money by deception. According to the plan, the criminal created ads on duplicate sites of well-known sites offering the purchase of goods, as well as through messengers, about the possibility of purchasing airline tickets, movie tickets, as well as household items, which he did not actually intend to sell.— the press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Crimea announced the details of the case.

At the same time, citizens who decided to purchase these goods and agreed to make an advance payment transferred funds directly to accounts that the accused opened for himself and his relatives in various banking institutions.

In order to conceal the criminal activity, the participants in the fraudulent scheme also provided the option of transferring payment through a financial services provider, which allows managing cash flows without opening a corresponding account. Thus, a non-bank organization acted as an intermediary in transferring funds from one client to another. The victims were sent a link, upon clicking on which, in order to make a payment, it was necessary to enter the bank card details.

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After agreeing on the details of the deal and receiving the funds, the accused kept 5% of the amount received as a reward for participating in the joint illegal activity, and transferred the rest to his accomplice. However, none of the buyers ever received the promised goods.

Thanks to professionally performed operational and investigative actions, police officers collected evidence that allowed them to establish the defendant’s involvement in 20 registered cases of remote fraud. The total amount of damage caused to the victims was about 500 thousand rubles. In all cases, the perpetrator confessed. The defendant spent the criminally obtained profit on personal needs.

At the moment, the materials of the criminal case with the indictment approved by the Yalta City Prosecutor’s Office have been transferred to the court for further consideration.

source: press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Crimea

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