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Central Bank: financial fraudsters intensified with pandemic in Russia

Central Bank: financial fraudsters intensified with pandemic in Russia
During the coronavirus pandemic in Russia, various kinds of scammers became more active. They promise citizens payments or compensation, can send letters with links to malicious sites, ask them to make a payment - a fine or supposedly tax. With such schemes, the main thing is not to give out the details of your bank cards to the attackers. 

According to the press service of the Bank of Russia, in the first quarter of this year alone, the Central Bank identified 369 organizations that illegally offered financial services to citizens. The regulator calls not to trust illegal forex dealers, creditors and all sorts of promises of compensation.

Some offer Russians to capitalize on the volatility of financial markets. However, such illegal forex dealers are most often registered abroad and work from foreign Internet sites. After working with such intermediaries, people almost always lose money.

They also record the activity of illegal creditors who take advantage of the fact that residents' incomes are falling. They also offer "profitable" interest on loans without certificates and guarantees. Ultimately, you can fall into the trap - such companies then use aggressive methods of debt collection. After the end of the pandemic, the Bank of Russia predicts that the reverse process will begin - fraudsters will become more active, offering to get rid of debts.

In total, for the first quarter, the regulator identified 369 illegal financial organizations: 37 financial pyramids, 254 “black” lenders and 53 illegal forex dealers. All sorts of cryptocurrency advisers appeared.
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