Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
“As a result of operational and investigative measures, officers of the “K” division of the MIA Russia GA for the Rostov Region detained a suspect in stealing money from citizens’ bank cards. The man has a higher technical education, previously worked as a private IT specialist,” said the official representative of the MIA of Russia Irina Volk.
According to available information, a 46-year-old resident of Rostov-on-Don, using an illegally acquired database of SIM cards of subscribers with electronic keys to them, as well as special software, made duplicate SIM cards of mobile numbers connected to bank cards. With their help, the offender debited money from citizens’ accounts and, after channeling them through a chain of transactions, cashed them out using an electronic purse.
For most cardholders, the theft of money from the account remained unnoticed, since no more than 500 rubles were debited in every transaction, sms-notifications from the bank did not come.
“Investigators of the MIA Russia GA for the Rostov Region initiated a criminal case on the basis of the crime provided for in part 2 of Article 158 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
During the search of the detainee’s place of residence, a computer, laptops, tablets, mobile phones and SIM cards important for the investigation of the criminal case were found and seized,” Irina Volk added.
With respect to the defendant, the court selected a preventive measure in the form of remand in custody. Police officers take steps to establish additional episodes of his illegal activities.