MOSCOW, March 3 – RIA Novosti. Fraudsters deceive pensioners in Moscow and the Moscow region, luring them with the opportunity to invest in pharmaceuticals, farms, recreation centers, as well as in wholesale supplies of vegetables and fruits, the press service of the Central Department of the Bank of Russia for the Central Federal District reported.
Over the past year, 45 organizations with signs of a financial pyramid were identified in Moscow and the Moscow region: 40 of them in Moscow and five in the Moscow region. As the Central Bank found out, the traditional forms of illegal attraction of citizens' money through consumer societies, or consumer cooperatives that do not have the status of a financial organization and are not supervised by the Bank of Russia, are still relevant to fraudsters.
“The main target audience of such companies is retirees. They offer investments in pharmaceuticals, farms, recreation centers and wholesale supplies of vegetables and fruits, and they promise a yield of more than 18%,” said Evgeny Balychev, head of the department for countering illegal activities of the Central Bank's Central Bank in the Central Federal District.
He explained that these organizations do not have a license to raise funds from the population. In addition, the scale of collecting money from citizens and the activity in this direction is clearly incomparable with the real economic activities of organizations.
In general, the regulator notes that financial pyramids are actively moving online. Investors are lured by aggressive advertisements, including in social networks, in instant messengers, attracting popular bloggers to advertisements. The organizers of companies with clear signs of a pyramid colorfully tell success stories, hold entire online and offline conferences, record videos in which they try to convincingly prove schemes for obtaining profitability, the Central Bank said.
“They offer investments in cryptocurrency, in tokens, pseudo-exchanges. Different” products “can also be demonstrated under the same brand, for example, payment for real estate or a car for a third of the cost, allegedly due to participation in pseudo-investment activities and investments in certain online -platforms. Such organizations do not have any documents confirming the right to attract funds from the population, “the regulator said.