The «schemes» of the scammers are old, and the victims are new. Crimeans lost almost 15 million rubles in a week
From March 6 to March 12, police registered 56 statements from citizens who fell for the tricks of remote scammers. The Crimeans voluntarily gave the attackers a substantial sum of 14,648,000 rubles.
14 facts of fraudulent activities are associated with the use of social networks, instant messengers and Internet sites, as a result of which citizens have lost more than 700 thousand rubles— reported in the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea.
INTERNET SITES, MESSENGERS, SOCIAL NETWORKS
A resident of Simferopol fell for a fraudster, as a result of which she lost 670 thousand rubles. The applicant explained to the police that she received a message from an unknown person in one of the messengers, who offered to increase income by buying foreign currency on the stock exchange. Having specified all the details, the woman deposited funds by transferring funds to the account provided by the attacker. After the money had been debited from the applicant’s account, communication with the opponent was interrupted.
A Simferopol resident fell into a similar scheme of a fraudster. The man was offered to earn money on one of the Internet sites. However, in order to start earning, it was necessary to make an initial contribution in the amount of more than 65 thousand rubles. After the man deposited funds, the connection with the opponent was interrupted. Realizing that the man fell for the trick of a scammer, he filed a complaint with the city police department.
Another victim of scammers was a resident of the Crimean capital. She saw an advertisement for the sale of auto parts on a social network. To pay for the goods, the woman made a payment in the amount of 12 thousand rubles from her bank card. After the money was credited to the account of the fake seller, the ad was removed from the social network, and no one got in touch with the buyer.
Among the registered crimes related to remote fraud during the week, there were 36 facts involving phone calls. People, succumbing to the fictitious plausible stories of scammers, gave them more than 12 million rubles— noted in the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia «Krasnoperekopsky» received a statement from a resident of one of the villages in the region. The woman told the police that she received a call from an unknown person who offered to make money through the Internet by investing in a product. The attacker promised the woman a quick income and assured that all actions were absolutely legal and many of them were already able to earn considerable sums on this. The victim transferred more than 2 million rubles to an unknown account, after which the connection with the opponent was interrupted. Realizing that she was talking to a swindler, the woman hurried for the help of the police.
A resident of the Simferopol region received a call on her mobile phone from an unknown subscriber who introduced himself as a bank employee. Assuring the woman that if she makes a money transfer from her account to the reserve account, she can thus save money from the criminal encroachments of third parties. The woman, believing the words of the fraudster, transferred an amount of about 50 thousand rubles to the account dictated to her. However, realizing that there was no access to a new account, she hurried with a statement to the police.
INSTALLING THIRD-PARTY APPS AND FOLLOWING LINKS
More than 1.5 million rubles disappeared from the accounts of the victims after downloading third-party applications to mobile devices and by clicking on links from unknown sources (6 facts)the police said.
A resident of Armyansk lost 36 thousand rubles. The woman told the police that she published a post on the social network about the sale of auto parts, after which an unknown person contacted her through one of the messengers. The attacker reported that he was interested in the product, and he wants to buy it. For this he attached a link. Allegedly, to pay for the goods, the victim had to enter the details of her bank card, but as a result of such actions, funds were debited from her account.
A resident of Simferopol applied to the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs for the city of Simferopol with a statement about the fact of fraud. He told the police that his wife had placed a free ad on the Internet site for the sale of things. She received a message from an unknown person who announced that he intended to purchase the goods. There was a link attached to the post. After the transition, the woman entered the details of her bank card in order for the buyer to transfer payment for the goods to her account. However, after entering all the data, funds in the amount of more than 13 thousand rubles were debited from the card of the applicant’s wife.
Another victim of the fraudster was a resident of Simferopol. She told that the fraudster stole 9 thousand rubles from her bank account. This happened after the woman installed a third-party application on her mobile phone. As it turned out, the applicant was contacted in one of the messengers by an unknown person who introduced himself as an employee of a financial organization. He told the victim that she had a unique opportunity to transfer her savings to a supposedly reserve account, which would protect her finances from criminal encroachments of scammers. To do this, it was necessary to install the application on the phone, and then follow the instructions.
Police urge citizens to be vigilant and recommend:
— do not give your bank card to unauthorized persons;
— do not tell anyone the details of your bank card and its PIN code;
— do not provide any SMS codes, even to a bank employee;
— do not confirm transactions that you did not perform;
— do not believe people who introduce themselves as law enforcement officers and banking employees who report that any transactions are being made momentarily with your money account;
— do not follow links unknown to you that came to you through instant messengers from third-party sources;
— do not install on your mobile phones applications that you hear about for the first time or do not have detailed information about how it works;
— do not agree to an advance payment when buying or selling property through free Internet portals;
— do not follow the instructions of unknown citizens who are trying to convince you of the quick receipt of «easy» money. No one is interested in enriching you for free.
If you have become a victim of scammers, immediately report it to the police at a single number 102 or apply in writing to any nearest police station, or through the official website of the Ministry of Internal Affairs in the Republic of Crimea.
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