Fraudsters appropriated 100 million hryvnia, which Ukrainians were supposed to receive, as social payments from the EU
Scammers created fake websites to swindle money from war-affected Ukrainians/Collage of Channel 24< p _ngcontent-sc88="" class="news-annotation">Law enforcement officers exposed a criminal group whose members embezzled money from Ukrainians who were trying to receive financial assistance from the countries of the European Union.
According to the investigation, under the guise of European social benefits, the attackers stole more than 100 million hryvnias from Ukrainians.< /p>
How the criminal scheme worked
- A group of individuals created a number of fake web resources that outwardly resembled the official government websites of Ukraine and the EU. Through such websites, Ukrainians who suffered as a result of hostilities were offered to receive financial assistance from EU member states.
- When going through the authorization procedure required to receive payments, site visitors filled in the field with the details of their bank cards for supposedly paying transaction fees when accruing cash assistance.
- After that, the participants of the scheme deducted funds from the bank cards of the victims, which they distributed among themselves.
Attention!Thus, the attackers managed to deceive about 5 thousand affected citizens of Ukraine, they suffered damage totaling more than 100 million hryvnias.
< em>This is how the fake sites that the attackers used to find out bank details looked like/Photo by the Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office wp-content/uploads/2022/06/moshenniki-prisvoili-100-millionov-griven-kotorye-dolzhny-byli-poluchit-ukraincy-kak-socvyplaty-s-es-c9c8fd5.jpg” alt=”Scammers embezzled 100 million hryvnia that Ukrainians were supposed to receive as social benefits from the EU” />
Fraudsters have created several of these sites-copies of official resources/Photo Kyiv City Prosecutor's Office during which computer equipment, bank cards, mobile phones and cash were seized. Currently, measures are being taken to seize funds in their bank accounts
The Prosecutor General's Office reported that investigative actions are ongoing – they are identifying all possible participants in the criminal scheme. Phishing web resources have been blocked.
Important! The web resources used by the attackers are listed here . Law enforcement officers urge people who used them to report this to law enforcement agencies.
Scammers who wanted to cash in on Ukrainians have already been detained/Photo Kyiv city prosecutor's office
What punishment threatens malefactors
Law enforcement officers opened a case under part 3 of article 190 (fraud) and part 5 of article 361 (unauthorized interference in the work of information (automated) , electronic communication, information and communication systems, electronic communication networks) of the Criminal Code.
The punishment for the first article provides for imprisonment for a term of 3 up to 8 years, for the second – from 10 to 15 years with deprivation of the right to hold certain positions or engage in certain activities for up to 3 years.
By the way, since the beginning of the war, the cyber police exposed almost 500 people involved in online fraud.