Cyberpolice found that the group included 7 local residents. The defendants placed ads on the network for the sale of cars at a reduced price or on credit on behalf of well-known companies and official distributors.
The main condition for the sale of cars was a subscription in the amount of 30% of the cost of the car. The victims transferred the money to accounts controlled by the attackers or directly in the office premises, which were specially rented by the group members. The activities of such offices were recorded in Dnipro, Pavlohrad, Kamyansky and Berdyansk.
Employees of the offices assured customers of the legality of concluding contracts of sale of cars, the forms of which were made directly on the premises. After receiving the subscription, the attackers came up with various reasons to delay the transfer of the car to the customer. After that, they disappeared and opened new offices.
The criminal group has been operating since February 2019. Previously, the defendants deceived more than 150 people for a total of about 12,5 million hryvnias.
Police conducted 15 searches in fraudulent offices and at the residences of members of the group. Law enforcement officers confiscated computer equipment, forms, signed fictitious contracts, seals and payment cards.
So far, 5 participants have been detained and have already been declared suspected of committing a crime by a group of persons by prior conspiracy and fraud. The issue of choosing a measure of restraint for detainees is being resolved. They face up to 12 years in prison with confiscation of property.
In 5 months of this year, the cyber police received more than 12 complaints about fraud, which is 80% of all complaints.
The most common are scams when buying goods on online advertising sites or creating separate web resources. Fraud using social networks is also common, where attackers sell non-existent goods or try to obtain personal data of victims. In addition, financial pyramids are widespread.
In total for 5 months of this year on the fact of fraud experts of Department of cyberpolice registered 350 criminal offenses from which on 191st criminal case to 76 persons already declared suspicion.