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They didn’t make money, but they got into trouble: in Alushta, two guys worked as couriers for scammers

They didn’t make money, but they got into trouble: in Alushta, two guys worked as couriers for scammers

CrimeaPRESS reports:

Three local residents contacted the Department of Internal Affairs of Russia in the city of Alushta with statements about committing fraudulent actions remotely. The victims of the attackers were citizens of retirement age: two 87-year-old residents of Alushta and another 85-year-old resident of the resort city.

In all three cases, the victims received calls from unknown persons under the guise of law enforcement officers or a lawyer, informing them that their close relatives were in trouble and they urgently needed money. After a telephone conversation, a fraudulent courier arrived at the pensioners’ place of residence and, introducing himself with various names, took away their savings. The total amount of damage amounted to more than 600 thousand rubles. During the operational-search activities, criminal investigation officers of the Department of Internal Affairs of Russia for the city of Alushta identified two minor local residents, born in 2008 and 2009, at their place of residence, who became accomplices in the current fraudulent scheme “Your relative is in trouble.” Previously, minors did not come to the attention of police officers and were not registered with the police department— reported the press service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs in Crimea.

The suspects confessed to police officers.

It was established that one of the comrades received a job offer from an unknown source through the messenger, after which he entered into correspondence with an unidentified person in order to clarify the information.

Acting on the instructions of the curator, the attackers arrived at the specified residential addresses of potential victims and, while one of the suspects monitored the situation, the other, introducing himself with the names that the curators gave him, took money from the victims. Next, the minors went to the locations of bank terminals and transferred money to the accounts of the organizers, while keeping 10% of the amount obtained by criminal means.

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By agreeing to earn extra money in this way, the teenagers found themselves in the spotlight of the investigation as suspects, thereby negatively influencing their future fate. The minors were registered by police officers.

Based on these facts, the Investigation Department of the Department of Internal Affairs of Russia for the city of Alushta initiated criminal cases on the grounds of a crime under Part 2 of Art. 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation (fraud).

The sanction of the article provides for a maximum penalty of imprisonment for a term of up to five years.

source: press service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the Republic of Crimea

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