Last week, 87 Crimeans fell for the bait of remote scammers
Cases of remote crimes against citizens continue to be registered in Crimea. Fraudsters make calls through instant messengers, posing as law enforcement officers and bank employees; advertisements are posted on free classifieds websites and in groups on social networks with offers of work or easy earnings through investments; convince gullible citizens to install third-party applications on their smartphones or follow unknown links.
Between October 23 and October 29, 87 citizens contacted the police after falling for the tricks of scammers.
INTERNET SITES, SOCIAL NETWORKS
41 cases of fraudulent activity were associated with the use of social networks, instant messengers and Internet sites.
The Simferopol police received a statement from a local resident who reported that he had transferred 2 million 850 thousand 223 rubles to the fraudster’s account. As police officers found out, the man wanted to increase his savings by investing money through one of the Internet trading platforms. In one of the messengers, he even communicated with a “representative” of the fund, who at first gave advice on issues that a Simferopol resident had and promised him quick profits. However, after the applicant transferred the entire amount to the fund’s account, soon the connection with the “consultant” was interrupted, and the man realized that he had fallen into a fraudulent scheme on the Internet.
Another victim of the scammers was a resident of the Crimean capital, who lost almost half a million rubles. In the Telegram messenger, he received a message from an unknown contact with an offer to increase his income by booking hotels on one of the Internet sites. After clarifying some details from the man (gender, age, city of residence, profession), the subscriber sent a link to a website with a list of hotels and tasks that needed to be completed. For each hotel room reservation, the man had to transfer some amounts of money, which, according to the “employer,” would be returned to him with interest. As a result, a resident of Simferopol transferred 456 thousand rubles to the scammer, but did not receive a return of his money, much less the promised bonuses.
A resident of one of the villages of the Saki region contacted the police with a statement about the theft of funds in the amount of more than 127 thousand rubles from her bank card. As a result of operational search activities, the police established the identity of the attacker. As it turned out, quite recently the applicant turned for help to her friend from a neighboring village, who helped apply for child benefits through the State Services website and knew the victim’s personal data, as well as her passwords for her personal account. The “assistant” used the information she had and transferred funds from the victim’s bank card to her account.
Two citizens contacted the police with statements about scammers operating through Internet sites. It was established that a 31-year-old resident of Simferopol and a 44-year-old man living in the territory of another constituent entity of the Russian Federation intended to purchase a car on free classifieds websites. Having selected each suitable option for themselves, as a deposit for vehicles, the men transferred money in the amount of 300 thousand rubles and 85 thousand rubles to the account that the “seller” indicated to them. However, after the money was written off, the car owners no longer contacted them.
The Department of Internal Affairs of Russia in the city of Alushta immediately received 8 applications from citizens who, intending to rent apartments in the resort town through advertisements on a social network, transferred money to an account provided by the “owner” of the housing in the amount of 3,000 to 6,880 rubles, but nothing remained. with what. The police managed to identify the attacker. As a result of operational search activities, criminal investigation officers detained a resident of Yevpatoria suspected of fraud.
Over the past week, police have registered 41 statements from citizens who fell for scammers operating through telephone calls.
Citizens who receive calls from unknown persons fall for the tricks of scammers and, using various life situations, defraud their victims of large sums of money.
A 40-year-old man contacted the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Simferopol and said that he had received a call from a representative of a large organization. The man, under the pretext of selling building elements used in the construction of buildings and structures, transferred 2 million 900 thousand rubles to the account of this organization in three transactions.
Four citizens contacted the police with similar statements. Two residents of Simferopol and two residents of Yalta told the police that they had become victims of scammers operating under the “Your relative was in an accident” scheme. Police officers found out that the applicants received calls from unknown callers. The callers introduced themselves as law enforcement officers and reported that their relatives were responsible for the accident. After which, over the phone, the false relatives, introducing themselves as a daughter or granddaughter, reported that not only third parties had suffered, but also themselves, and they urgently needed a certain amount of money to pay for the treatment of the victims, and also to resolve the issue of not involving them in criminal liability.
Frightened by such events, citizens, without hesitation for a minute, handed over funds in the amounts of 100 thousand rubles, 395 thousand rubles, 500 thousand rubles and 800 thousand rubles to the couriers who arrived at their place of residence.
A similar situation occurred with a resident of Simferopol, who turned to the police for help. The woman reported that she received a call from an unknown person who introduced himself as a law enforcement officer. The caller said that her son had allegedly been detained on suspicion of involvement in drug trafficking and now he could face criminal liability, but this issue can be “resolved.” For this, the man demanded money from the woman in the amount of 150 thousand rubles, which the woman handed over to the courier who arrived at her place of residence. As a result of operational search activities by police officers, the identity of the suspect was established, he was detained and taken to the police department. A criminal case has been initiated on this fact.
Of the total number of CALLS, through instant messengers, including with the logo of one of the leading banks in Crimea, 33 applications were registered over the past week.
Most of the cases on the peninsula are registered according to a scheme where fraudsters call applicants from various numbers with logos of well-known banks and introduce themselves as specialists from financial organizations and law enforcement officers. They intimidate victims with stories that unknown people are making suspicious transactions in their accounts and trying to steal money. Then, in order to preserve savings, they offer 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 them out. read 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.
Thus, over the past week, residents of Simferopol transferred the maximum amount of money to scammers’ accounts. In the first case, the man transferred 3 million 963 thousand rubles. The applicant said that he received a call in the Telegram messenger from an unknown person who introduced himself as an employee of a brokerage company. While inviting the petitioner to invest funds, he promised high dividend returns. Trusting the unknown, the man transferred funds to the specified account, but immediately after that no one else contacted him.
In the second case, the victim told the police that an unknown person who called him through the Viber messenger introduced himself as a law enforcement officer and said that someone was trying to gain access to the man’s personal Internet banking account. Then he offered to transfer money to a supposedly “safe” account. In order to save his savings, the man transferred 2 million 120 thousand rubles to the account dictated by the fraudster.
A resident of one of the villages of the Simferopol region twice transferred funds from her accounts in different banks in the total amount of 500 thousand rubles to the account dictated to her by the fraudster. She received a call from an unknown person who introduced himself as a bank employee and reported suspicious activities with her personal Internet banking account. After that, he said that due to the threat of hacking by intruders, her personal account was subject to blocking so that her money would not become the property of criminals and suggested transferring her savings to a “reserve account.” Only after the woman realized that she did not have access to the new account did she rush to the police.
INSTALLING THIRD-PARTY APPLICATIONS AND FOLLOWING LINKS
5 citizens fell for the tricks of scammers and lost their savings after following links from an unknown source, as well as by installing a third-party application on their smartphone.
A resident of Kerch contacted the police for help. A man posted an advertisement for the sale of a laptop on the Internet. The applicant told the police that he had received a message from an unknown person who was interested in the product. After clarifying all the details and the final cost of the goods, the attacker sent a link supposedly to pay for a laptop computer. After following the link, the applicant entered his personal data. As a result, funds in the amount of 107 thousand rubles were debited from his bank card.
Another victim of the scammers was a resident of Simferopol. The applicant said that she intended to increase her income through the Internet. Having downloaded a third-party application to her smartphone, the woman, hoping to earn extra money through investments, clicked on the link where she entered her bank card details. This was supposedly necessary to receive additional earnings, but instead of charges being added to the card, the victim found that funds in the amount of 20 thousand rubles had been written off. Realizing that she had fallen into a fraudulent scheme, a resident of the Crimean capital hurried to the police.
The police once again remind you: you should never rush to make decisions regarding money. Remember! The safety of your financial assets depends only on you, and only you decide how to ensure their safety!
Be vigilant and follow the recommendations:
— don’t report details of your bank card and its PIN code;
— don’t report any SMS codes, even to a bank employee;
— don’t confirm operations that you did not perform;
— don’t believe it people who introduce themselves as law enforcement officers and banking employees who report that any transactions are being carried out immediately with your money account;
— don’t cross via links unknown to you, received through messengers from third-party sources;
— don’t install on your mobile phones applications that you are hearing about for the first time or do not have detailed information about how they work;
— don’t agree for prepayment when buying or selling property through free Internet portals;
— don’t follow instructions from unknown citizens trying to convince you to quickly receive “easy” money — no one is interested in enriching you for free;
— don’t pass it on your bank card to unauthorized persons.
If you have become a victim of fraud, immediately report it to the police using a single number 102 or submit a written application to any nearest police department, or through the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea.
source: press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Crimea