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“Kommersant”: Authorities concerned about fake sites with social payments and decided to fight them

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"Kommersant": Authorities concerned about fake sites with social payments and decided to fight them

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko instructed the Interior Ministry and Roskomnadzor to develop schemes to combat fraudsters who create fake websites allegedly with social payments on behalf of the state. The authorities are seriously concerned about the growth of such frauds, writes "Kommersant.

Agencies must submit their proposals to prosecute the organizers of such schemes by February 25. First of all they plan to fight with fake pages in ads on YouTube and Google, where they offer users social benefits on behalf of the government. On entering them, visitors are asked to enter their bank card data, allegedly to check the availability of payments, after which the money is written off. A study by the Analytical Center under the Russian government said that such sites use images of top government officials.

Based on the findings of the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Roskomnadzor, the Ministry of Information and the Analytical Center should prepare a package of measures to combat fake websites, including the development of regulations, by mid-March.

The AC claims that the fraudsters’ payment services are operated by VTB, Minbank, Chelyabinvestbank, Ak Bars Bank and Otkritie Bank. The organizations said they are fighting fraudsters and are constantly monitoring payments for fraud.

In fact, the Analytics Center calls Google the distributor of fraudulent ads, the publication writes. The company admits that such ads do appear on its services, but assures that it continues to fight it.

Roskomnadzor complained that sites can only be blocked by court order, which limits the fight against fraudulent resources. Agency representatives believe that the development of technology leads to an increase in cases of fraud through the Internet, so the system of coordination between the authorities should be reviewed and make it more effective.

The number of registered fake government service sites and resources allegedly with social payments has increased dramatically since the pandemic began in 2020. "Kommersant" writes that from April to June, the Prosecutor General’s Office talked about 82.5 thousand cases of fraud, among which 71% were committed via phone or Internet.

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