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Sevastopol police warn: fraudsters act under the guise of bank employees

CrimeaPRESS reports:

The Sevastopol police note that bank cards have become a part of the life of most modern people everywhere. With their help, many citizens receive wages, social benefits, and also carry out payments for purchases. However, along with convenient use, bank card holders may be at risk from remote fraudsters.

Recently, a 57-year-old local resident turned to the police, who lost thousands of rubles. The police found that in the afternoon the woman received a call from a stranger who introduced himself as a security officer of a commercial bank and, under the pretext of protecting funds from unauthorized actions, convinced the pensioner to transfer the money belonging to her to the account indicated by him. The victim knew about these types of fraud, but, caught off guard by an unexpected call, succumbed to the tricks of the criminal. At present, the operatives are taking all the necessary measures aimed at solving this crime , — they say in the press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia in Sevastopol.

To prevent such cases, the police of Sevastopol reminds of the need to take precautionary measures. If you received a call on a mobile or landline phone from unknown persons who pretend to be bank employees or law enforcement officers and claim to have problems with funds or offer to talk about financial security issues, you must remain calm, vigilant and refrain from any rash actions taken on their instructions. Please note that when making a call, fraudsters can imitate the sounds of a bank call center, know banking terminology and have some information about a potential victim (for example, address by name and patronymic). In some cases, posing as law enforcement officials, they resort to threats of “responsibility” for refusing to “cooperate” and insist on not disclosing information about the conversation with them to your relatives, as well as real employees of financial institutions, accusing them of “bad faith”.

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However, it must be remembered that real bank employees and law enforcement officers do not require the transfer of money to other («reserve» or «safe») accounts, do not require cooperation with them, do not inform about the need to install any mobile applications and do not ask for confidential bank card details . Only remote scammers can address such questions by phone.

In such a situation, we recommend that you immediately stop talking with a stranger and contact the bank that serves you to make sure that everything is in order with your savings. You can also report a suspicious call to the police by calling 102. Remember that by following the instructions of the criminals, you will lose all your funds in the account.

If you have suffered from a crime, then you must immediately contact the nearest territorial unit of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia or report it by the above phone number.

source: press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the city of Sevastopol (based on the materials of the legal adviser of the legal group of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Leninsky district Dmitry Obelov)

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