MIL OSI – Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English – Press Release/Statement
Headline: Man suspected of series of frauds was detained by police in Smolensk
The police received a complaint from a citizen who had become a victim of fraudsters. The man explained that he had received a text message about blocking of his bank card. The man immediately called the sender of that text message. An unknown man answered the call and presented himself as a teller of the bank’s call center. The malefactor explained to the man that his bank card had been blocked due to the reinstallation of the bank’s software. For that reason, he asked the man to provide him all the data on the card so as to deblock it. When the man had voluntarily communicated all details, 12,100 rubles were debited from the card.
As a result of the investigation and search operations, the police identified the suspect – a previously convicted resident of the Smolensky District born in 1985. Operations officers established that the man lived at his cohabitant’s place of residence. The suspect was detained and convoyed to the Duty Unit of the Russian MIA Administration for Smolensk where he admitted his guilt.
A criminal case was initiated on that fact based on essential elements of a crime stipulated by Part 2 Article 159 “Fraud” of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. The sanction under this part of the article provides for up to five-year imprisonment.
By now, the police have initiated five criminal cases against the suspect and established his involvement in 50 frauds perpetrated in a similar way in Smolensk.