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Methods of scammers stealing personal data revealed to Russians

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Fraudsters use different methods to steal personal data on the Internet. The most common of them were revealed to Russians by experts interviewed by RIA Novosti.

According to Sergei Golovanov, a leading expert at Kaspersky Lab, it happens that a person himself shares his name and phone number on social networks. In addition, such data is collected from leaks. Large companies rarely leak, but their contractors may have cybersecurity issues when processing personal data. Leaks can come from small online stores or similar services.

As Anastasia Barinova, deputy head of the Group-IB computer forensics laboratory, said, fraudsters can get data through their “insider” – they are actively looking for insiders in various financial and insurance companies. “Criminal groups, including fraudulent call centers, can monetize this data, taking advantage of opportunities to steal and withdraw funds,” she explained.

Russians can also disclose their personal data themselves by entering them on a phishing site or by publishing photographs of documents and bank cards on various resources on the Internet. Scammers often combine information about potential victims from multiple sources, using it to gain credibility. As Golovanov warned, no one should disclose bank card details or other confidential information.

Elena Dmitrieva

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