In 2022, the Bank of Russia identified about 5 thousand companies in the country with signs of illegal activity against 2.7 thousand a year earlier. About 2 thousand of them are pyramids, which is 2.3 times more than in 2021.
Among other illegal companies, 1.2 thousand professional participants and 1.7 thousand “black creditors”, Valery Lyakh, director of the department for combating unfair practices of the Central Bank, told RIA Novosti.
“On the one hand, such an increase is the reverse of the rapid development of technologies… At the same time, our statistics still show the number of identified cases or projects, and not companies as such,” Lyakh specified.
The Central Bank representative noted that the regulator learned “quite quickly” to identify illegal schemes. Information about them is posted on the website and transferred to law enforcement agencies. Internet resources with such schemes are blocked.
Almost 96% of the pyramid schemes identified in Russia last year worked on the Internet. The same is true for 97% of illegal professional participants and 43% of illegal creditors. Nearly half of the pyramids attracted cryptocurrency payments.
Earlier it became known about a new scheme to deceive the Russians with the “bank security service”. The scammers inform the victims about the loan and send a photo of the completed application with personal details and a fake signature.
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