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Cyberpolice Exposed A Criminal Group That Defrauded Citizens For 10 Million Hryvnia Under A Sim Card

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The criminal scheme was exposed by employees of the Cyber Police Department together with the Main Investigation Department of the National Police and employees of the bank's security service.

Three men, aged 32-36, bought databases of customers of mobile operators and banking institutions on hacker forums from DarkNet. The available data allowed the defendants to reissue SIM cards and gain access to the victims' online banking. The cybercriminals withdrew citizens' money to the accounts of dummies. The persons involved were also used the personal data of citizens to obtain online loans. Thus, fraudsters deceived more than two hundred citizens. According to preliminary estimates, the amount of losses may reach 10 million hryvnia.


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Law enforcement officers conducted 21 searches at the places of residence of the defendants in the Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava regions and in Kiev. The computer equipment, which was used in illegal activities, was seized and sent for expert research.

Criminal proceedings have been opened under Part 4 of Art. 190 (Fraud) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine. The defendants were announced on suspicion, they face up to twelve years in prison with confiscation of property.

Procedural guidance is provided by the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Investigative actions were carried out jointly with employees of the SBU.

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