It's better to be careful with your money - sometimes it's really hard to return it if someone deceives youGetty Images
Like in any other country, law-abiding citizens in Russia face the danger of being conned out of their hard-earned money by cunning swindlers. Russia Beyond brings you some examples to watch out for.
It's easy for many people, especially elderly, to fall victim to bank cardfraud.Getty Images
Those deceived by the criminals phone up thinking they’re speaking to someone from the bank – of
Just so you know, bank employees will never ask for security codes or pins over the phone. And if something suspicious does happen to your account, make sure to only ring the number listed on the bank’s website.
Not all law firms in Russia are trustworthy - even if they seem so.Getty Images
As Russian website Lifereported, two such firms agreed to represent its employee in court, calling her case a sure deal. However, it was obvious there was almost no chance she would win and the law firms insisted she pay them in advance (which she didn’t as it was an experiment).
“These people are real crooks although legally they can only be punished only poorly fulfilled legal services,” lawyer Ivan Fruslov told Life. He said many attorneys in companies of this kind don’t even have a diploma.
If a law firm offers you a free consultation, be careful –
Even if someone is claiming to be madly in love with you, be careful, especially in the internet - this could be swindlers.Getty Images
Scammers sometimes tug on the heartstrings to try and line their pockets. Alyona Vitokhina, a 28-year-old translator from St. Petersburg, told local Fontanka newspaper about her experience with one such fraudster.
Pretending to be a Russian citizen, Sergey claimed he was living in Germany, lonely and longing for the Motherland and love. He was texting Alyona for several weeks. Then he made his move: He told her his hotel room had been broken into and his money stolen. He begged his pen-friend to lend him 8,000 rubles ($138) as soon as possible, swearing he would repay her.
Some advance-fee scams are so improbable that it's hard to believe anyone trusts them.Getty Images
Advance-fee scam exists in Russia (as everywhere else in the world): People get e-mails where they are asked to pay a relatively small amount of money to get huge (non-existent) benefits. Sometimes these scams are called “Nigerian Prince e-mails” as often they mention members of Nigeria’s royal family.
According to the crooks, Abaka Tunde had been sent to orbit on a Soviet spaceship in 1990 but was stuck there after the USSR collapsed in 1991: The Soviets failed to transfer him back to Earth! (Yes, they thought people might actually believe this). So the fraudsters asked people to help bring the unfortunate astronaut back to Earth, for the sum of $3 million... Luckily, no one took the bait.
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