Africans lure ladies with “romantic package”, received 70 reports of online abuse in just one day
Bulgarians are burning 10,000 euros for sham cars from Europe, Africans are dragging ladies with a “romantic package”, 70 signals for cyber fraud have been received in the CDCOC in just one day, the Telegraph writes in today’s issue.
Fraudsters rob us of money on the Internet in 5 schemes. This was revealed to the Telegraph by the head of “Cybercrime” in the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime Vladimir Dimitrov. According to him, in just one day last week – Wednesday, the department received 70 signals of abuse on the net.
“They concern a wide range of cybercrimes, 19 of them for a phishing site, where instead of selling your old laptop or skis for BGN 800, they drain your entire card,” explained cyberpolice №1.
The first scheme, which burns many people, is related to shopping in one of the largest platforms for free ads in our country. Hackers have crawled into it, directing sellers to a phishing site for supposedly secure and fast payment.
“For example, a person sells a mobile phone and has set a price of BGN 700. Fraudsters look at what contacts he has given, whether there is a viber or an email. They contact him and explain that they liked his phone a lot, they will buy it, and at the same time they tell him that he will quickly, even now, take his money through a new option for secure payment.
They give him the address of the phishing site, the person clicks there, enters his bank card number, name and surname, expiration date and code. And while he is waiting to get the 700 leva for the phone, they drain his card “, cyber experts explained. Hackers usually buy equipment from other online stores or fund various bank accounts with the stolen money.
The second scheme, according to which Bulgarians are massively dragged into the net, is related to the purchase of a car from Europe. Thousands of Bulgarians choose vehicles from Germany, England, Switzerland, preferring to look at the ads on one of the largest German sites. However, there are also fraudsters – in this case an organized criminal group from North Africa, which creates fake ads. “You see the car – it looks perfect, it’s a few kilometers away, a unique price.
Communication between the potential client and the alleged German in a chat application begins. The fraudsters even sent him a fake photo of the owner of the car to make the sale look more legitimate, “anti-mafia activists from Cybercrime said. Usually the arrangement is to send the vehicle with a courier company, and the customer, if he likes it, to pay for it then. So far, everything seems fine, but the fraudsters attack after that. For example, they explain that the selected car will arrive in Ruse.
After 4 days the client receives in e-mail or chat a photo that the car is on a truck, ready to go to him, the documents are processed, but to be released, the client must send a copy of the payment to the bank. The bandits literally flooded the Bulgarian with photos, pushing him a copy of the owner’s fake passport.
Captivated by the vehicle, the Bulgarian pays and thinks that once he is by bank transfer, there is no problem. “Customers do not pay attention to the fact that the account in which they transfer is in Portugal or England. The amounts they send start from 9000-10 000 euros.
However, they arrive at financial mules, who quickly either withdraw them or transfer them to other accounts, “explained Commissioner Dimitrov. According to him, every week there are 1-2 victims from Bulgaria under this scheme.
The third most common scheme of fraud on the net is related to love. Usually men connect on Facebook or other social networks with ladies who demonstrate a higher standard of living. They explain themselves to them in love, swear eternal fidelity to them, and as soon as they are sure that the babe has sunk, they release the line. They explain that they want to send a parcel with an expensive gift. The ladies often refused, but that did not stop the fraudsters. The hackers flooded the women with photos of the alleged gift.
After 2-3 days, the victim in question received an email from an alleged transport company that the goods were detained in Hungary or Greece, at the customs and needed BGN 2,000 to wash the gift. The naive ladies sent the money to a bank account – again in Portugal, Malaysia or England. After another 7 days, the hackers, who are aware that if you give once, you will give a second time, contact the victim again. They write that the “expensive gift” has been stopped, for example, in Switzerland, and there are 80,000 euros inside.
The women went crazy with happiness and immediately transferred 8-9,000 euros, ostensibly to release the shipment. “There are victims who have taken out quick loans or pledged their belongings to get the non-existent gift,” explained the head of the Cybercrime Department at the CDCOC. Every week 1-2 women from the country are lied to in this scheme with the “romantic package”.
The anti-mafia revealed that the most serious scheme for draining money online is by compromising the IBAN of companies. Every week, one company lightens by BGN 40-50,000 by this method, according to the data of the General Directorate for Combating Organized Crime. With this scheme, the hackers manage to enter the company’s e-mail, observe with whom communication is conducted, what orders are made, how the payment is made.
Usually, North African OCGs are also behind this type of compromise. Once they managed to get into the accountant’s e-mail, for example, hackers began to correspond on his behalf and redirected payments to their accounts.
The cyber-cops say that currently the most attacked are companies that import medical equipment, reagents, with personal protective equipment against coronavirus. “Usually this type of organized criminal groups, which penetrate by e-mail, do not bother to get involved if the turnover is below 15,000 euros,” added the anti-mafia.
The fifth scheme, which steals the most money on the net, but less frequently, is related to the so-called investment fraud. Hackers call a person and offer him to join a new investment platform. They cheat that they will trade, for example, shares of Space Ex, Amazon, Microsoft, they always give famous giants to catch the victim.
Fraudsters offer the client to give remote access to his computer to financial brokers and see for himself how he gets rich. They make the person open a bank account, claim that their clients are millionaires, even some of them bought yachts.
The first investment is usually 200 euros. The Bulgarian, eager to accumulate bundles, pays. They call him again and explain that for this money they bought shares for 20,000 euros. A series of calls followed and the requested amounts increased. If the client wants to take the money, they start turning him around, that they need release fees, etc., in order to stop his enthusiasm.
“Such fraudsters have called me, other police officers, judges, businessmen, all kinds of people. You have to be very careful, “explained the head of Cybercrime. According to him, some time ago there was a man who was burned with a record amount of BGN 500,000. “Every week we have 1 such case. “People burn with BGN 20-30,000 each,” the anti-mafia members explained.
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