Sevastopol residents transferred more than 4 million rubles to remote scammers in two days
Telephone attackers, under the pretext of protecting a bank account, stole all their savings from five Sevastopol residents aged 60 to 75 years.
It was preliminarily established that two pensioners, an engineer, a lyceum teacher and a guard at a garage cooperative received calls from strangers via messenger, introducing themselves as bank employees, law enforcement officers or security officials, and reporting that allegedly attackers were trying to take possession of their cash savings in bank accounts. Using deception, the scammers managed to convince the victims to follow their instructions and transfer from 439 thousand rubles to 1.9 million rubles to the bank accounts dictated to them. Later, realizing that they had become victims of deception, the victims contacted the police,” noted the press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Sevastopol.
Due to the increasing number of cases of remote fraud,The Sevastopol police calls on all residents and guests of the city to be vigilant. Criminals are constantly improving their schemes: calling via instant messengers, using logos of banking and law enforcement agencies, using spoofed numbers, and threatening problems and loss of funds.
There are at least three signs when you are guaranteed to receive a call from remote scammers:
1. Presents himself as a bank employee, law enforcement officer or other authoritative employee whom you are supposed to trust;
2. The caller reports the occurrence or need to prevent problems in one way or another related to your money;
3. A stranger convinces you to transfer your savings to other accounts or provide information that will give him access to your online banking.
Dear citizens, remember: real bank employees and law enforcement officers never call to report any problems with your money, attempts to write off or issue loans in your name! Only scammers do this!
source: press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Sevastopol