Fraudsters began to create fake websites, groups in social networks and channels in instant messengers, which allegedly specialize in the selection, purchase and customs clearance of cars from abroad. This was reported to Izvestia at the Tinkoff Center for Ecosystem Security. get in touch, and the client is blocked.
According to the Tinkoff Protection platform, in July-August 2022, more than 400 fraudulent pages on this topic were recorded on the Internet. The number of attacks (contacts between intruders and the client) under the scheme with the transfer and customs clearance of cars has increased four to five times since the beginning of the year, the bank calculated, without naming the absolute number of fraud attempts. The “average check” of the stolen amount amounted to 300 thousand rubles.
China and Kazakhstan. The flow of cars that are distilled from these countries has also grown due to rising prices for new cars and the departure of some brands of manufacturers from Russia, ”explained Alexei Baklanov, head of the Tinkoff Ecosystem Security Center.
Thus, he clarified, scammers took advantage of the situation and offer bank customers assistance with the delivery of cars from abroad.
Number of domain registrations related to the purchase of cars in August 2022 th has grown five times compared to July and 16 times compared to the beginning of the year, Victoria Varlamova, an Angara Security brand protection expert, calculated for Izvestia.
She clarified: less than 200 new domains appeared in January, more than 600 in July, and over 3,000 in August. Some of the registered sites may belong to real intermediaries and companies engaged in parallel imports, and the other may be used by fraudsters, the expert explained.
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