Phone scammers stole more than 1 million rubles from the deputy head of the Federal Tax Service

According to the TV channel, during a telephone conversation, the attackers told Bondarchuk about the recorded attempt of unauthorized withdrawal of cash from her bank deposit. Then the swindlers advised the official to transfer the money to a third-party, supposedly safe account. An employee of the Federal Tax Service believed the scammers and transferred money to them through an ATM, after which they stopped communicating. The woman then contacted the police. A criminal case has been opened on the fact of fraud.

how notes Kommersant was the first to report the deception of an experienced tax service employee by swindlers to TASS with reference to sources in law enforcement agencies, but the agency soon removed this news from the site. However, the text of the message remained on the subscription feed.

Svetlana Bondarchuk takes position of Deputy Head of the Federal Tax Service of Russia since 2011. It coordinates and supervises the activities of the Department of Property Taxation and the Department of Personal Income Taxation and Administration of Insurance Contributions.

Russians are deceived by phone

Social engineering remains the main reason for the theft of citizens’ funds from bank accounts and cards. According to official data from the Central Bank, in the third quarter of 2021, 256.2 thousand operations were carried out to write off funds without the consent of the client. The total amount of losses amounted to 3.2 billion rubles for the quarter, 41% of theft was due to social engineering.

The main attack channel used by attackers is a call to the mobile phone of a client of a credit institution in order to obtain data (76.32%). According to preliminary estimates of the regulator, the volume of all transactions performed without the consent of the client using electronic means of payment in 2021 amounted to 12.2 billion rubles.

In early March, Russian banks told to reduce the number of fraudulent calls by several times. According to a Kommersant source at a large bank, since February 24, when Russia launched a military special operation in Ukraine, such calls have “virtually stopped.” According to him, initially such call centers were concentrated in places of deprivation of liberty, but after the installation of “jammers” there, many “moved to Ukraine.”

At the end of March, the official representative of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Irina Volk informedthat telephone scammers have reoriented themselves and have begun to actively exploit the topic of sanctions against Russian banks in order to find out the card details of Russians. In particular, attackers can use the possibility of an allegedly upcoming complete ban on cash withdrawals or a global blocking of banking operations due to sanctions as a pretext.

According to Pavel Kovalenko, director of the Informzaschita anti-fraud center, since the beginning of April, the number of calls from scammers to Russian bank customers has begun to grow again. Expert suggestedthat most of the fraudulent call centers that recently worked in Ukraine moved to other countries after February 24, in particular to the Baltic states.

Critical thinking expert Nikita Nepryakhin told RTVI on how to spot phone scammers. According to him, swindlers play on the feeling of fear: their goal is to scare a person as much as possible and at the same time not give them time to think.

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