Nearly 18 million RUB were stolen from three Muscovites under the pretext of exchanging cryptocurrencies
A criminal case has been opened on fraud and the suspects face up to 10 years’ imprisonment
04.04.2022 - 08:55
What’s new? Unknown men have stolen 17,7 million Russian rubles (RUB) from three men in the center of Moscow. The attackers offered services to replenish a cryptocurrency wallet, TASS reports, citing its own source in the law enforcement agencies. A criminal case has been opened over the theft under the article on fraud (Part 4 of Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation), and the suspects face up to 10 years of imprisonment.
Cryptocurrency crimes in Russia. In March 2022, the Federal Security Service detained suspects in the organization of a crypto Ponzi scheme. The law enforcement authorities estimated the preliminary amount of damage to be 1 billion RUB. The Ponzi scheme, Yusra Global, was organized in August 2019, with its founders offering participants 500% per annum for investing in digital assets.
Also in March 2022, Russia opened its first criminal case on embezzlement of exchange assets. One of the suspects tried to abscond with suitcases of cash worth 190 million RUB. Later, a cybercriminal who stole more than 20 BTC was detained in Moscow. The hacker created a virus and uploaded it to a phishing site, after downloading the malware, the attacker gained access to the victim’s wallet.
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