Scammers have begun to use a new way to deceive users on the web


Scammers have invented a new type of blackmail: scammers disguised as the operator of Yandex.Money e-wallets send e-mails to victims asking them to send funds to a bitcoin wallet. If a person refuses to comply with the requirements, blackmail begins with a video allegedly compromising the person, which will be published on the Web, reports the Prime agency .

Most often in 2020, the topic of coronavirus was exploited to cheat in the financial sector

Criminals rely primarily on the fact that a potential victim will react to a familiar brand: letters are sent from the email address However, the Yandex.Money service has not been working under this name since last year: it changed it to YuMoney, the message says.

“Information is sent from a domain that no longer belongs to us. Yesterday we received information about this and transferred it to the security service of the domain owner, ”said YuMoney.

In the letter, the attacker introduces himself as a programmer who managed to hack into the user's computer and gain full access to it, including access to the camera. Thus, the fraudster allegedly makes an intimate video with the victim. He further declares that if he does not receive what is required, then this video will be sent to the entire contact list.

The scammer claims that after a money transfer of $ 650, he will delete the video and disappear forever. The victim is given 50 hours to think.

Experts note that most often the criminals do not have compromising videos, but simply engage in extortion.

“Formally, the recipient of such a letter can contact the police, but the likelihood that the authors will be found is very small - most likely, they are not even in Russia. Therefore, the best way is to simply not react to such threats and mark the letter as spam: this way the postal service will be able to filter them more effectively, ”said Pavel Shust, executive director of the Association of Electronic Money and Money Transfer Market Participants.

Scammers have begun to use a new way to deceive users on the web
Scammers have begun to use a new way to deceive users on the web

Earlier, on April 5, it was reported that over the past year cyber fraudsters committed 60% more thefts from the accounts of Russians.

As a result of the analysis, ONF experts found that almost every third case (32%) of fraud ended in success for the attackers. And for the year of the pandemic, the number of such operations exceeded the maximum in the entire history of observations. According to experts' calculations based on complaints from people, fraudsters stole almost 2.8 billion rubles from Russians, which is 70% more than in the pre-pandemic period.