1 900 cases initiated on facts of remote theft of money from Penza residents since beginning of year
Penza, 11 October 2020. PenzaNews. More than 1 900 criminal cases were initiated on the facts of embezzlement of funds using information and telecommunication technologies in Penza region since the beginning of 2020. This was reported by the press service of the regional department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation.
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“The amount of damage is from several thousand to 1 million roubles,” the agency notes.
The press service explained that most often the malefactors posed as bank employees.
“The most common way of committing such crimes is to receive information about card details and transaction confirmation codes that are sent in SMS messages. This information is not subject to disclosure. Criminals warn their victims about suspicious card transactions and ask them to name necessary data to save money, and then use this information to commit theft,” the police said.
The department added that in other cases, fraudsters, under the pretext of ensuring the safety of bank savings, suggested that citizens transfer their money to reserve accounts in other institutions or electronic wallets.
“We earnestly ask citizens: in case you receive such calls from alleged bank employees who ask you to provide personal card data and codes received in SMS, do not give them any information and stop the conversation. Real bank employees cannot see the movement of funds in your bank account and never ask for such information,” the Ministry of Internal Affairs noted.