The Ministry of Internal Affairs recorded new methods of telephone fraud related to sanctions against Russia. The attackers offer to have time to take out a loan at a low rate and scare them with the likelihood of an allegedly upcoming complete ban on withdrawing money from accounts.
As a rule, swindlers actively exploit the topic of sanctions for embezzlement of funds of Russians in the regions of the Russian Federation, according to MVD-Media.
“Previously, strangers claiming to be bankers just tried to get your card details. Now the pretext for this is information about the disconnection of Russian financial institutions from the international payment system, ”said Irina Volk, official representative of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs.
Another reason for the call is the likelihood of an allegedly upcoming complete ban on cash withdrawals from accounts or a global blocking of banking operations due to sanctions. Also, scammers can offer the victim to have time to take out a loan at a low interest rate.
Some victims were persuaded to take a loan and transfer it for safety to a special “anti-crisis” account, which actually belonged to scammers, or they were tritely asked to give full bank card details or an SMS code that came to a mobile phone number.
Whatever the reason for the call, everything ends in the same way as in traditional fraudulent schemes – remote theft of funds, the Ministry of Internal Affairs noted.
At the beginning of March 2022, the Bank of Russia already recorded increased cases of fraud related to Russia’s disconnection from SWIFT. The scammers demanded to urgently withdraw all the money from bank accounts, because they allegedly would not be available after SWIFT was turned off.