In Kazakhstan, a large number of individuals fell victim to a scam in which they received phone calls from individuals pretending to be representatives of their bank. These fraudsters claimed that the victims’ accounts had been hacked and needed their financial information to resolve the issue.
However, instead of using this information to protect the victims’ accounts, the fraudsters used it to drain the accounts and steal their money. This scheme affected thousands of people in Kazakhstan, causing financial hardship and stress for those affected.
The Prosecutor General’s Office, the Main Investigative Department of the National Police, the Cyber Police Department, and law enforcement officials in Ukraine discovered the plan. Investigators discovered that 37 agents pretended to work in IT security at banks for Ukrainian people while making calls from a contact center run by three Dnipro locals.
The scammers would send fake emails or make phone calls pretending to be from a bank or credit card company, informing the victim that their account had been compromised. They would then instruct the victim to transfer their money to a “safe” account to protect it. In reality, the scammers controlled the “safe” account, and the victim’s money would be stolen.
The scammers were able to trick people into transferring their money because they used official-looking logos and language and often preyed on people who were worried about the security of their accounts. Many people fell victim to this scam because they were unaware of the warning signs and did not take the time to verify the authenticity of the notifications they received.
Once the victims were aware of the suspicious transactions, the scammers gave them loans, then transferred the funds to offshore bank accounts and cryptocurrency wallets under their control.