In Crimea, a new way of remote fraud
Forewarned — saved!
In the Crimea (so far on the territory of Kerch) a new remote fraud scheme has been recorded, aimed at motorists who have handed over their cars for service or repair.
In the scheme of deception of motorists and employees of service stations, the procedure for criminals is quite simple. The attacker calls the technical center and introduces himself as a car owner who has handed over the car for repair, he names his brand at random. In a conversation with the manager, with the help of leading questions, he finds out the scope of work and their approximate cost.
Then the swindler asks to be reminded which contact number he “specified during registration”, and, referring to the fact that that phone is supposedly unavailable at the moment, asks to change it. Having learned the phone number of the real owner of the car, the fraudster calls him and introduces himself as a car service worker. Calls the correct «diagnosis» of the car and asks to make an advance payment for spare parts. A gullible car owner transfers money to a scammer’s card— said the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea.
Last week, a local resident turned to the duty unit of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Kerch and said that 17,000 rubles in money had been stolen from her by fraud. The victim told the police that an unknown person called her, introduced himself as a service station employee, where she left the car for maintenance, and said that it was necessary to pay for the services provided by transferring money to the specified account. As the victim later found out, the service station employees did not call her, so no payment for the repair was made.
On this fact, the investigative department initiated a criminal case on the grounds of a crime under Part 2 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation «Fraud». Employees of the Criminal Investigation Department carry out operational-search activities, identify persons involved in the committed illegal act— noted in the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea.
Police are urging Crimeans to be vigilant and not fall for the tricks of scammers. If you nevertheless become a victim of criminals, immediately report it by calling 102.
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