Amid an epidemic, traitors deploy new schemes to deceive Ukrainians
The coronovirus epidemic, unfortunately, became fertile ground for the rapid activity of all types of scammers. The feared population is more vulnerable and reliable, and the complexity of the condition contributes more fully to the spread of treatment-based fraud and the prevention of a dangerous disease. People are ready to spend any amount of money to protect themselves and their loved ones.
The main divination model is determined by non-existent treatment and methods of protection from infection, as well as quarantine measures by pseudo-services. Many plans take place online, and even by telephone.
Proxy assistance to pensioners
Of course, the population of the most vulnerable class, pensioners, is the first to suffer. The fraudsters easily take away the money of the elderly people, promising return assistance with the purchase and distribution of food or medicine. As a result, pensioners do not receive any help, such that they do not receive 500 UAH back.
In addition, under the guise of pension fund employees, scammers call with a pension certificate and a message about the urgent need to transfer all available funds in electronic form. After that, the “employees” come to the person and take the money and old certificates. Retirees will no longer see one or the other.
Criminals call under the guise of doctors or other employees of medical institutions and tell the person the disturbing news – his relative got a coronovirus infection, needs treatment. Drugs and hospitalization, of course, cost a lot of money. Trusting people in panic for the treatment of a healthy relative and after some time they realize that everything is fine with them and no diagnosis has been made anywhere. And even more – they did not cure.
In addition, law enforcement officers recorded a “call from bank plan”. Swindler calls himself an employee of PrivatBank and Ukrgasbank and informs customers by telephone about the on-duty verification of the bank’s data to prevent penalties for late payment of loans. The data is then used to hack the card.
Scammers sometimes on the phone “fine” for quarantine violations – they demand to pay a fine on the specified details. In addition, the thugs appear to be tax officials and try to recover fines for work during quarantine.
Scammers publish announcements about antiviral cleanup or even apartment calls under the guise of an epidemiological service that they quickly disinfect the premises due to the detection of an infected neighbor. People are asked to leave the house during cleaning, as if the products were inhaled and dangerous to the eye. When the apartment dwellers return home, all the valuables disappear from the apartment, as well as infections and unfortunate cleaners.
Vaccines, Masks and Miracle Cures
There is also a lot of fraudulent activity in the network. Criminals do not sell to Ukrainians unnecessarily, coronoviruses (which do not exist anywhere else in the world), cheap masks and anticonvirus virus disinfectant medicines and vaccines. Typically, an advance payment is required to purchase goods, which disappears in the same way as the purchase itself.
In the worst case, scammers gain access to buyer’s bank data using a card payment method, or ask them to fill out a questionnaire to collect personal information. Using the data provided, criminals easily withdraw all funds from their accounts.
WHO writes to you
Fraudsters send letters signed by WHO or charitable organizations to participate in the fight against coronoviruses. For this, the victim is invited to make a very small, but very significant financial contribution, which will aid in the development of hospitals or vaccines. When a person contributes, their confidential data is intercepted and gives scammers full access to all funds in the account.
Sometimes scammers in email provide the latest news about the spread of the virus and attach links to the websites of organizations that actually lead to fake resources created to collect personal data.
In addition, scammers create completely fake quarantine online services sites. The sites often look like official ones. Often these are services to compensate for mobile accounts, which pay for delivery and utilities without commission. Of course, not only the amount allocated for utility bills disappears from the card.
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