16:55, 18 April, 2018
YEREVAN, APRIL 18, ARMENPRESS. The National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia, as a result of large-scale operative-investigative activities and investigative actions undertaken within the framework of the fight against cybercrime, on April 18, 2018, was a neutral group of citizens of Armenia, who robbed a large amount of money from a number of citizens’ bank accounts using computer technology. This was reported to Armenpress by the NSS Press Center.
According to the factual data obtained during the preliminary investigation of the criminal case initiated by the National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia, the members of the criminal group in 2017-2018, having previously studied the data of the users of the social network “odnoklassniki.ru”, targeted 26 residents of the Republic of Artsakh, created fake pages in the name of their relatives and started writing correspondence with the above-mentioned citizens by formulating conviction that they wanted financial support after So, deluding the residents of Artsakh, they were asked to get information on bank cards, including passwords, with the use of which they transferred the funds on the card accounts to various electronic wallets and bank cards, and then cashed and stolen.
Five members of the criminal group were detained and now operative-investigative measures and investigative actions are being taken to detect their accomplices and to identify the full range of victims.
Citizens who have suffered from this crime may apply to the RA National Security Service Investigation Department at 011-56-27-24 and 010-57-94-07.
The National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia continues to undertake measures aimed at identifying, preventing and suppressing the crimes committed by foreign nationals against the normal development of the economy of Armenia and against the rights of citizens.
In the framework of the implementation of the above-mentioned functions, in 2017-2018 cases of transnational criminal groups were revealed by using computer equipment, illegal access to computer networks, possession of information and particularly large-scale embezzlement.
A group of Russian citizens, intentional to commit robbery from the bank operating in Armenia, initiated the Armenian citizens with small amounts of money to open foreign currency accounts and transfer their received bank cards. Then the members of the gang have been able to remotely access the bank’s computer network through the use of computer equipment, spreading malicious software, increased zero balance of these cards and the limit of cashing, after which cash machines opened in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Riga, Thousand US dollars equivalent.
In connection with the incident, the RA Criminal Investigation Department investigated the case of two citizens of Armenia for assisting the kidnapping of computer equipment, identifying the identities of others involved in the crime and outside of Armenia, identifying and bringing them to justice :
According to the preliminary data obtained in another criminal case investigated by the National Security Service of the Republic of Armenia, a criminal group consisting of four citizens of the Kingdom of Spain, the Republic of Lithuania and Georgia, with the prior agreement of committing a large-scale embezzlement from another bank in Armenia, information stored on a computer network, cardholder entries and passwords. Then, without the knowledge of those cardholders, they exchanged online money from their counterparts online at AMD 32 million in AMD and foreign currency accounts opened in their name in Armenia and tried to cash out ATMs, but they could not complete the crime because of their unwillingness to finish Transactions of the bank’s employees in Armenia were dubious and accounts were frozen and bank cards were blocked.
The identity of members of the transnational criminal group has been disclosed and measures are being taken to detect and prosecute them.
Within the above-mentioned criminal cases, the NSS of the Republic of Armenia actively cooperates with foreign competent authorities and Interpol to detect transnational criminal schemes and to identify and detect all persons involved in perpetrators of crimes. Criminal groups operating mechanisms and practices