SSU cracks down on large-scale bank cards fraud

In Vinnytsia, SSU cyber experts cracked down on large-scale fraud with the use of an illegal call-center. The four-month scam had UAH 6 m (USD 225,900) monthly turnover.

According to the investigation, a local rented an office downtown Vinnytsia and equipped a call-center. The offender involved 25 unemployed local citizens in the illegal activity.

Operators under the guise of the security service of banking institutions or law enforcement extorted customers’ personal data. Watchful clients were encouraged to transfer funds to a reserve account. After that, the funds were laundered through a network of affiliated firms and converted in cash.

During the searches of call-center, the law enforcement seized:

  • almost 100 units of computer and telecommunication equipment,
  • forged records with bank details and documentation with the evidence of illegal activity.

The investigation into fraud is on-going to bring to justice all the individuals involved.

The operation was conducted under the procedural supervision of Prosecutor’s General Office.