How, scammers steal money from the cards of Transcarpathians

18 February 2015 08:38  5691968 092945
How, scammers steal money from the cards of Transcarpathians

Last year, the amount of frauds committed with payment cards in Ukraine increased by 6.5 times (39,300 such crimes were recorded). The total amount of losses caused by fraud exceeded 12 million hryvnia. Transcarpathians, including residents of Khust district, also become victims of frauds.
According to Khust city police, last year, 10 cases of "electronic" fraud were recorded in Khust district. And this year, already four thefts from bank accounts. Interestingly, it's mostly residents of other regions that steal money from our fellows.
In particular, last year Khust city police received a complaint from a resident of the village of Velyatino. She wanted to buy a wedding dress over the Internet and transferred to the virtual Kharkiv salon 1,976 UAH. However, she received neither the dress, no the money...
A resident of the village of Sokyrnytsya received on his mobile phone a text message stating that he had won a car "Chevrolet Aveo" worth 168,000 UAH. The villager called the specified number. A nice male voice said the "promotion participant" that he could claim the prize or take money after paying 1,680 UAH (1% of the car value) and 4,200 UAH for banking services. The happy "winner" immediately ran to the nearest bank branch to transfer the money for the "prize"... But immediately after the transfer to the "organizer's" account, the number became unavailable...
In the same way, a resident of the village of Vyshkovo lost 6,200 UAH. He received a call from a resident of Zhytomyr region with a proposition to buy parts for a car. The unsuspecting man told the scammer his bank card number, after that the latter withdrew all the money from it.
A similar inicident happened to an old resident of Khust. The fraudster, posing as a bank security staff member, asked the women to tell her credit card number. Soon, the old lady received a text message that 5.560 UAH was withdrawn from her account... A similar case happened to another resident of khust in January this year. A gullible woman lost 6,419 UAH...
Much larger amounts this year were stolen from a resident of the village of Zolotarevo, who lost over 52 thousand, and an entrepreneur from Khust - 50 thousand.
Unfortunately, most "card" crimes remain unsolved. To some extent, the banks themselves can blamed for this, as they are not interested in other structures interfering in their work.  
Nevertheless, a lot of scammers do get caught by law enforcement. In particular, recently Khust District Court sentenced a resident of the city of Khust for "electronic" robbery of countrymen.
- Using the payment systems, the crook transferred to her own account more than 10,000 UAH, - the head of Khust City Police Vasyl Turday says. - A criminal proceeding was initiated against the offender under Art.190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine (fraud), which is punishable by a fine up of to 50 tax-free minimum incomes, community service for up to 240 hours, correctional labor for up to two years, or imprisonment for up to three years. The court sentenced the woman to a probation period of one year.

Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Office in Transcarpathian region

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