Disinfection with a surprise
Among parasitic on the topic of coronavirus criminals are not just crooks, but the real thieves. They act clumsy: under the pretext of penetrating into the apartment of the victims and Rob them. So, you can just search “employees” of the housing office, CPS or other government agencies that supposedly came to disinfect the apartment. While one “disinfects” and tells the owners about preventive measures, the other rake money from handbags and jewelry. If the victim will suspect it can “disarm”: to strike, to relate. Criminals, of course, will be in protective masks: and convincing, and the face is not visible. This method works more often on unsuspecting elderly people. In reality, the public service do not provide services for disinfection of premises population. Such a proposal can come either burglars or crooks who use violence will not, but I could use unsuspecting residents of money for the processing of flats dubious solution.
Pay the fine!
Much more inventive and finer operate financial scams. Their goal is not to Rob, and tricking the victim to personally give their blood. Their network scams can spread with the help of SMS-mailing, phone calls or emails. The fastest way to make money for them under various pretenses to obtain money transfer to your account. Widespread calls from “doctors” who report illness or suspicion of a coronavirus from a relative. Medik offers to pay for the test COVID-19 or to pay for the purchase of medicines and reports details of the account supposedly for the hospital.
Another popular scheme for extortion — the alleged fines. You receive a message with the requirement to pay a fine for violation of the regime of self-isolation and account details for payment. In case of refusal, the scammers may start calling the victim and to frighten the criminal and administrative liability.
RossAI really introduced fines for violation of the regime of self-isolation. Potential intruders can stop law enforcement agencies, or they can fix urban video surveillance system. However, in both cases, the fines via SMS or e-mail can’t come. By phone to demand payment too, no one will. As explained by managing partner AVG Legal Alex Gavrishev, a fine may appoint representatives of law enforcement agencies at the scene of the offence, for example, if a person is on the street without good reason. “In this case the offender makes a decision on the case on administrative violation in the manner prescribed by the administrative code. Be sure to receive a copy of the order against receipt, — the lawyer explains. — In case of detection of an administrative offense by cameras judgment in the case shall be made without the participation of the offender. However, a copy of the order and proving the offence materials (e.g., photos) are also sent to the person in respect of which a criminal case about administrative violation, by registered mail in the form of a copy of the decision on paper. Other ways of presentation of administrative fines for individuals and legal entities no.”
“You are entitled to compensation”
a More complex way are those who finds out the credit cards from the victims and then takes their money. This method coronavirus scammers “peeked” at imaginary Bank employees receive access to the data of Bank cards of victims. Coronavirus attackers say that you be reimbursed (for example, for the burned-out ticket, a tour package, hotel reservation) or social benefits in connection with the epidemic. The scammers offer to inform the card data to transfer bonus credit, including name, card number, expiration date and CVV-code. Armed with this information, the scammers begin transaction on the card of the victim and may ask you a verification code by SMS. Remember: CROIU scams no one — neither officials nor bankers, nor law enforcement officers — never elicits data and card verification codes.
Compensation attract and creators of fake sites that steal personal information of those who are gone. You may come across online, which supposedly explains how to obtain a particular compensation. The user can be prompted to fill out a questionnaire where you need to enter passport data of card counting. This information attackers can use for their own purposes. The fraudster can earn a “Commission” which is supposed to pay the citizen making the payment on the fake website.
you Have to remember that all information relying on benefits and compensation contains only official sites of government agencies. Filling out questionnaires is sometimes really needed — usually via the portal of public Services. Such questionnaires are filled in, for example, stuck overseas tourists for compensation and information about the evacuation. In addition, government agencies such as the Pension Fund of Russia, personal data of the clients are already there. If the attackers appear to be employees of agencies, it is better to err and to call this Agency: government agencies are working and advise citizens.
Since the beginning of February, the Central Bank revealed more than 2 thousand fake sites, speculating the subject of coronavirus. Scammers fake the brand and identity of known organizations, such as ministries, Rospotrebnadzor, the international labour organization and others, explained in the Central Bank. Always double check the website address and do not share map data.
Coronavirus virus chases
Not asleep and the cyber fraudsters, creating malicious sites. The Internet user can draw on the coronavirus website which will bring a virus on the computer or steal its contents. Then there are several possible scenarios. On the screen you can see a banner with a demand to pay, so he disappeared. Or attackers can blackmail the victim of the dissemination of intimate information. Or special bot may steal personal data or data cards that are used to pay for online purchases. Do not go to questionable sites, do not click on suspicious links and emails in the email, don’t ignore warnings by antivirus programs. Unfamiliar senders, a strange set of letters in the address bar, flashing banners — all signs of malicious resources. All important information is distributed to state agencies and the official media, use them.
In the pursuit of deficit
the Demand for antiseptics, masks, disposable gloves is still very high. These, too, are crooks. Enterprising businessmen create fake websites that offer to buy scarce goods at competitive prices. However, the buyer require prepayment or full payment of goods on the site. Trusting the customer pays the order, then the sellers disappear: no product, no money, the victim did not receive. Honest merchants will not require a mandatory payment, and on their websites will contact details (phone, address) and data on a legal entity.
There are scammers, who threaten to the whole organization. Under the guise, typically, of the CPS or other oversight of government agencies, the attackers offer to legal entities and individual entrepreneurs to purchase brochures about the prevention of coronavirus or pay the mandatory disinfection of premises. If the organization refuses, she begins to threaten audits and administrative measures. In Rospotrebnadzor said that the Agency does not sell brochures and leaflets about the prevention of infections, and added that the absence of such materials is not illegal.
“Help with credit vacation”
Banks have reported a rise in the number of fraud associated with credit vacation. From the beginning of April Bank customers can apply for a deferment on loans. Immediately there were scammers who promise to get vacation credit for a fee or offering fake sick leave, income. Banks warned about the consequences of using fake certificates. After checking the documents of vacation credit not only cancel, but also will charge customers with fees credit history will be spoiled. Banks may also contact the police. Forgery is a criminal offense.
Fighting the spread of the pandemic and save the economy, the government literally daily “keep upgrading” legislation. When innovation and so many rules, one can easily get lost, that only the hands of fraudsters.
“In this confusion, each of us must remain vigilant and not to panic. In the case of the arrival of suspicious visitors or incoming messages on a mobile phone requirements to pay fines or to receive compensation should as a minimum take a break for a legal assessment of the situation. You need to figure out on the official website the contact details of the relevant public authority or private organization, contact persons and to clarify — are the actions of those who come to you and something to offer, says managing partner of law firm “Borodin and Partners” Sergey Borodin. Now the authorities establish official sites, resources, services, and hotlines where you can contact anyone and get an answer to the question. Clarification will also give the district Commissioner, the tax Inspectorate and banks, management company and head of settlements. In addition, in an environment of social tension should not forget about the need to follow information hygiene: to keep confidential all banking details, online passwords, CVV2/CVC2 codes of Bank cards, official messages from banks and to be careful while using the services of online payment”.