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In the Vladimir Region There Are Ten Cases of Fraud per Day

Over the year the number of such cases increased one and a half times, while the clear-up rate remained at a low level

With the onset of the pandemic in Russia, cyberfraudsters became more active. In the first half of 2020, scammers managed to steal 24% more of the region’s residents than in 2019. This year, the trend has only intensified, with the number of frauds increasing another 1.5 times in six months, reaching 1,747 cases. Every day there are about 10 such crimes in the region.

According to the report of regional prosecutor’s office, fraud disclosure rate in the Vladimir region is 21.7%. Things are much worse with cyber-fraud. Only one in sixteen (6%) of criminals can be found. This is categorically inconsistent with the criminal justice principle of inevitability of punishment and allows criminals to feel impunity.

In the difficult conditions of the new digital space authorities and law enforcement agencies use social advertising to appeal to residents of the region, urging them not to transfer money to telephone scammers. Attackers may introduce themselves as bank security officers and accurately identify the victim’s personal data. It should be remembered that banks never ask to provide information on accounts and payment cards.

“To avoid financial losses, it is best not to engage in a dialogue, and interrupt the conversation and contact the bank by the official phone number,” the police recommend.

Another type of fraud has become messages in messengers or via text messages about allegedly due payments to people. Attackers say that it is necessary to urgently receive the “due compensation”, otherwise it will be canceled. The message also contains a link to a phishing site, the address of which is very similar to the “Gosuslugi” (state site to get social aid and services) portal.

Clicking on the link takes the fraud victim to a page where they are asked to enter their bank card data, which will supposedly receive money. Moreover, an Internet user was not only asked to provide the card number, but also its expiration date and a three-digit code on the reverse side. Having received this information, the fraudsters gain access to the card account and can withdraw money from it.

The Bank of Russia urges people in Vladimir to be vigilant and carefully check the addresses of sites before sending personal data and data from payment cards.

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