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Tuesday, March 28, 2023

A denizen of Smolensk remitted funds to swindlers for a period of two months.

A local resident born in 1979 contacted the guard service of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs Police Department No. 1 in the city of Smolensk with a statement about fraud.

According to the victim, in social networks she was interested in advertising a certain online platform that allows you to earn money on investment projects. Smolyanka agreed to the conditions and filled out the questionnaire, after which she received a call from an unknown person who offered her to participate in game exchange projects, while promising significant profits. The woman agreed and another unknown person contacted her by phone, offering to help as a financial analyst. The citizen again gave her consent.

The stranger helped the victim open his brokerage account, where he deposited 6,500 rubles in January 2023, which allowed him to start trading on the stock exchange. At one point, the victim asked the fake analyst to withdraw money, but he demanded 330,000 rubles in commission, citing the fact that the profit would be appropriate. Smolyanka took out a loan and deposited the requested amount into the brokerage account, but no dividends were received.

Later, the victim continued to conduct a dialogue with the “financial analyst” and replenish his brokerage account, thinking that in this way he pays taxes and state duties. When a citizen lost more than 940,000 rubles in this way and received no profit, she realized that she had been defrauded from a distance and contacted the police.

At the moment, a criminal case has been opened on this fact on the grounds of a crime provided for in part 3 of article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Fraud”.

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