The St. Petersburg police closed a cryptocurrency exchange that belonged to an organized group of scammers. They stole money from Bank cards and converted it into bitcoins.
Seven of the ten members of the group were detained in Yalta, Kaliningrad, Ulan-Ude, Khabarovsk and Saint Petersburg. The scheme of work of scammers was quite standard — they called citizens and presented themselves as Bank employees. In the course of the conversation, they urged victims to transfer money to Bank cards issued to fake persons. After that, the criminals cashed money through ATMs, deposited it to their Bank accounts and transferred it to cryptocurrency exchanges to buy cryptocurrencies.
“The damage is estimated at millions of rubles, which were converted into bitcoins,” the press service of the Ministry of internal Affairs said in a statement.
The police received statements from at least 15 victims who transferred a total of more than 2 million rubles to fraudsters. Interestingly, the average age of fraud victims was only 30 years. To cover up their activities, the attackers launched a cryptocurrency exchange.
“The operation of the exchange office was carried out through the website. To transfer funds, the attackers used an office in a business center on the Moika river embankment in St. Petersburg. The organizers and coordinators of this underground office, as well as operators who worked in shifts, have been identified, ” the police said.