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Police nabs a scammer

Date: June 19, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Timofey Saytarly

Officers of the Security Service of Ukraine (the SSU) detained a scammer for allegedly squeezing money out of employees of Ukrainian banks. It was a resident of Crimea, Ukraine.

According to the press service of the SSU, the scammer arrived in Kiev and phoned to offices of "Prominvestbank", "Aval" and "Privatbank" banks of Kiev and stated that he supposedly possessed confidential information on credit card accounts of their clients.

Such information could let the malefactor to illegally withdraw money from bank accounts; he threatened he would do so unless each bank paid him $6,000.

In three hours he contacted banks again proposing to transfer money through electronic payment system, it could allow him to get money safely. Generally, his actions were qualified and well-considered, a report of the press service says.

As a result of the investigation conducted by the SSU, the blackmailer was determined and arrested on the same day. It was a citizen of Ukraine, born in 1972, residing in Crimea. Less than two months ago he was released from jail where he served time for fraud; he also has incomplete high education.

According to the SSU, a criminal case on articles 15 and 190 (attempted crime and fraud) of the Criminal Code of Ukraine was initiated against the detainee.

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