Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
During the investigation it was established that two residents of the Kurgan Region, aged 33 and 38, developed a plan for committing thefts through cellular communication. The defendants called the victims from different regions of Russia and introduced themselves as officers of the security service of a bank. They provided to the interlocutors deliberately false information about the existence of an application for the transfer of funds from the bank card account of the phone owner. To cancel the request, the person needed to name the bank card number, its validity period, the code on the back of the card, and also the passwords received in SMS messages. Using the obtained details of bank cards and passwords, the defendants stole money from personal accounts of the victims.
In some cases, the offenders inclined the interlocutors to proceed to an ATM and carry out transactions, as a result of which the money from the bank card accounts of the victims were transferred to the bank card accounts of the defendants.
The police established the involvement of these citizens in 95 criminal episodes. The total material damage caused by the offenders amounted to about three million rubles.
At present, the materials of the criminal case initiated on the basis of the crimes provided for in parts 1 and 2 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Theft” and part 2 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code “Fraud”, were sent to the Kurgan City Court.