MOSCOW, March 10 – RIA Novosti. Telephone scammers began to call Russians under the guise of “police officers” investigating data leaks, due to which money could allegedly be withdrawn from the victim's bank account, the RIA Novosti correspondent was convinced of this and the expert confirmed.
An unknown person called the journalist from the city number, he introduced himself as a police officer, dictated the number of the token and said that a certain citizen had tried to withdraw his money from the bank branch “by a notarized power of attorney.” The theft was allegedly prevented thanks to the vigilance of a bank employee, and now it is necessary to find out how the leak occurred, which made it possible to issue a power of attorney.
The pseudo-policeman tried to find out in which credit organizations the victim was served, assuring that a check would begin in them. He explained that this is necessary in order to find out which other bank the attacker will go to with a power of attorney. Thus, according to the false police officer, it will be possible to prevent another attempt at theft and catch the swindler.
The journalist interrupted the conversation and called his bank. “In this case, a fraudster called you. Police officers never ask for information, in which banks you are talking, and so on. They request all information from the bank directly,” the credit institution said.
The legend of “social engineers” with calls from “police” investigating data leaks has recently become widespread, although schemes involving “law enforcement” have been known for a long time, Evgenia Lazareva, head of the All-Russia People's Front Project “For the Rights of Borrowers”, told RIA Novosti.
The further development of events with such a call depends only on the imagination and diligence of the scammers, the expert noted. After extracting information about accounts and cards, attackers use them to steal funds and issue counterfeit loans, and also replenish numerous databases that are sold for big money on the darknet, Lazareva explained. According to her, such pseudo-policemen are asked to provide explanations and disclose information over the phone.
Earlier, the Russian section of the International Police Association (IPA) reported that about 15 million fraudulent calls were made in Russia last year. The forecast for the current year is 19 million such calls.