Source: Russian Federation Ministry of Internal Affairs in English
“As a result of operational search activities, operatives of the MIA of Russia GA for the Rostov Region with the participation of Rosgvardia detained seven members of an organized group suspected of a series of frauds in the territory of a number of constituent entities of the Russian Federation,” said the official representative of the Russian MIA Irina Volk.
It was established that the offenders sent SMS messages with malicious software to mobile phone numbers taken from one of the sites for the sale of goods and services. When the recipients activated them, their bank card details were automatically sent to the group members who stole the money from those cards. According to preliminary data, the damage caused to citizens exceeded 18 million rubles.
Criminal cases were initiated on the grounds of crimes stipulated by Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation.
“As a result of operational search activities in the cities of Moscow, Rostov-on-Don and Yoshkar-Ola, 7 defendants were detained, including the organizer of illegal activities and the developer of the software. During searches at the suspects’ places of residence, cash, a monoblock, laptops, mobile phones, more than one and a half thousand SIM cards, flash cards, modems and bank cards were seized,” said Irina Volk.
In relation to the 33-year-old leader of the group, the court selected a preventive measure in the form of remand in custody, and in relation to six accomplices a subscription on their own recognizance and proper conduct.