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Fraudsters began to use a pandemic in their schemes

Fraudsters began to use a pandemic in their schemes
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The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in cybercrime. New schemes were added to steal the funds of Russians. Only with Sberbank managed to stop about half a million fraud attempts in the amount of 13,9 billion rubles

As told RIA News Deputy Chairman of the Board of Sberbank Stanislav Kuznetsov, since the beginning of the pandemic, cybercriminals have registered four thousand domains with the words “coronavirus”, covid and the like. The volume of phishing mailings increased by 30% compared to the previous quarter. At the same time, most often scammers imitate the website of the World Health Organization.

As a pretext, in order to lure a potential victim from personal data and bank details, the attackers use new pretexts. They offer to receive compensation for damage from coronavirus, material assistance or other social benefits. Some especially cynical ones profit from selling pseudo-drugs, conducting examinations, tests for coronavirus, trying to raise money under the guise of charitable organizations.

Big companies also fall into the trap of dealers and they agree with scammers to supply disinfectants or protective masks. After payment of the allegedly shipped order, the "supplier" disappears. The security service of Sberbank managed to save 28 million rubles to a large telecommunications company, which was trying to make a payment for medical equipment of the clone company.

According to Stanislav Kuznetsov, scammers in recent days are increasingly using phone calls. They inform their potential victims that they allegedly had contact with a patient with coronavirus, and now doctors will come to them to take tests. That's just these "health workers" will need to pay about five thousand rubles for the trip, and people, of course, then do not see any results.

Cloud services or applications for online conferences are also under attack, without which it is impossible to organize remote work. Fraudsters create fake sites with similar addresses, and then get user data.

Calls from the supposedly “bank security service” are still popular, however, the number of such calls has slightly decreased compared to last year. If in 2019 there was a six-fold surge in such fraud, then so far, according to Sberbank, activity in this direction has been reduced. The deputy chairman of Sberbank associates such tendencies primarily with the good work of law enforcement agencies. In the first quarter of 2020 alone, 15 organized crime groups specializing in such fraud were detained.

The most vulnerable are socially vulnerable citizens. According to Svyatoslav Kuznetsov, the bandits call potential victims even on behalf of the FIU. However, now, according to expert estimates, scammers are more targeting men aged 18-30, who most often become victims. Therefore, everyone, without exception, needs to be critical of all information, especially from unverified sources, do not open suspicious emails and be vigilant with phone calls, social networks and instant messengers.
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