They offered a large monetary reward for the passage of the survey. But to get it you had to pay.
Cyber security specialists from the international company Group-IB announced the discovery of two dozen related fraudulent sites. According to the company’s representatives, the resources were also masked for “state online services”.
The company noted that in the month each of these resources visited from 4.5 to 35 thousand people. Fraudulent pages for a month of observations were visited by about 300 thousand people from Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Kazakhstan. The appearance of the site was adjusted for the user in accordance with its geographical location.
Fake “State services” offered the user to go through an “individual survey”, for which they promised a reward – from 65 to 200 thousand rubles. After passing the survey, the system reported that the user account was “not found” and offered “paid activation” for 170 rubles (or a similar amount in local currency).
If the user “activated” his account, he was offered other paid services:
- Assurance of details for receiving funds – 350 rubles;
- entering the survey data into a single register – 420 rubles;
- commission information system – 564 rubles;
- payment of translation insurance – 630 rubles;
- registration of payment in the management department – 710 rubles;
- activation of the digital signature – 850 rubles;
- the coordination of the transfer with the security service – 975 rubles;
- registration of a digital signature – 1190 rubles;
- payment for services – instant transfer – 1280 rubles;
- connection encrypted communication line – 1730 rubles.
The need to pay for services was attributed to non-existent government documents. The transfer was proposed to be conducted through a non-existent financial organization – the Bank of the Eurasian Economic Union. In fact, money was transferred through the e-pay service.