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Fraudsters use coronavirus to trick bank customers
Several banks immediately announced an increase in the number of fraudulent activities against their customers. Attackers try to use negative news about the coronavirus and the economy in their schemes.
According to RBC, a serious increase in the number of attempts to crank out fraudulent transactions was recorded at VTB and Promsvyazbank. The sharpest jump occurred in the second non-working week of April - from 6 to 12 April. At VTB, customers began to contact the call center about fraudulent calls 2,5 times more often this week alone, compared to the same period in March. At Promsvyazbank, the number of calls to the call center has also increased, by about a third in recent months.
According to bankers, scammers are trying to use stress due to coronavirus, restrictions on communication for their own purposes. At the same time, the banks, although they do not disclose the number of prevented fraudulent transactions, emphasize that most of the attempts to deceive were unsuccessful.