Last week, 83 people became victims of online scammers in Crimea
Of these, only 18 are elderly.
According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Crimea, from January 29 to February 4, 83 people became victims of remote scammers in Crimea, of which 18 were elderly.
INTERNET SITES, SOCIAL NETWORKS.
Over the past week, 39 cases of fraudulent activity were associated with the use of social networks, instant messengers and Internet sites.
A resident of the Dzhankoy district contacted the police with a report of fraud. The woman reported that her “friend” wrote to her on a social network under the pretext of helping her receive a one-time payment. The misled applicant allegedly told her friend her bank card number and SMS confirmation codes. After which money was debited from the woman’s account. As it turned out, a friend’s personal page was hacked by attackers.
A resident of Simferopol told the police that an unknown person, under the pretext of selling a video card on a website for posting advertisements for goods, fraudulently took possession of the applicant’s funds.
27 citizens who suffered from the actions of fraudsters using this scheme contacted the police.
In most cases, scammers call using logos of well-known banks and introduce themselves as specialists from financial institutions or law enforcement officers. They intimidate victims with stories that unknown people are making suspicious transactions in their accounts and trying to steal money. Then they propose, in order to preserve savings, to transfer money to so-called “reserve” accounts, convincing citizens that their money will be safe this way and attackers will not be able to cash it out. However, it is not! Unsuspecting victims transfer large sums to the accounts dictated by the scammers, after which the calls stop, and the victims realize that they do not have access to new accounts— reported the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Republic of Crimea.
A local resident contacted the Yevpatoria police after becoming a victim of a scammer. Unknown people called the woman from different numbers and introduced themselves as employees of a cellular company. Under the pretext of improving the quality of mobile communications, the attackers took possession of the applicant’s funds.
A resident of the Krasnogvardeisky district told the police that she received a call from an unknown person based on an advertisement previously posted by the applicant for the sale of a house. Under the pretext of a purchase, the attacker took possession of the woman’s money after the latter dictated all the SMS codes that were sent to her phone.
A resident of Simferopol told the police that unknown people called him and, under the pretext of helping his grandson resolve the issue of not bringing the latter to criminal liability for involvement in an accident, they took possession of the money.
14 of the specified number of CALLS were made through instant messengers, including using the logo of one of the leading banks in Crimea.
A resident of the Dzhankoy district told police officers that an unknown person called her through the Telegram messenger and introduced himself as a bank employee. The caller provided false information about a fraudulent attack on the complainant’s bank account and the need to transfer money to a “safe account.” Succumbing to panic, the woman sent money using the specified details, and later realized that she did not have access to the new account.
A resident of Yevpatoria told police that an unknown person called her through the Telegram messenger and introduced himself as a bank employee. Under the pretext of suspicious transactions, the attacker took possession of the applicant’s funds.
INSTALLING THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS AND FOLLOWING LINKS.
17 citizens fell for scammers, followed links from an unknown source and installed malicious applications.
A resident of Armyansk contacted the police, saying that an unknown person called her via WhatsApp messenger and introduced himself as a bank employee. Under the pretext of saving money, the attacker offered to follow the link to the applicant. After which money was debited from the woman’s account.
A resident of the Kirovsky district received a call from an unknown person in the Telegram messenger. The caller introduced himself as a bank employee, told the woman that third parties were trying to transfer her funds to their account and offered to install an application so that the alleged attackers would not be able to complete their plan. Frightened, the woman downloaded the malicious program onto her phone, after which the funds were debited from her account.
The police once again reminds:
Don’t rush into decisions regarding money. Remember, the security of your financial assets depends only on you.
Be vigilant and follow the recommendations:
– do not believe people who present themselves as law enforcement officers and banking employees who report that any transactions are being made with your money account at the moment;
– do not follow unknown links received to you via messengers from third-party sources;
– do not install applications on your mobile phones that you are hearing about for the first time or do not have detailed information about how they work;
– do not follow the instructions of unknown citizens trying to convince you of quick “easy” money – no one is interested in helping you get rich for free.
If you have become a victim of scammers, immediately report it to the police by calling 102 or submit a written statement to any nearest police station.