Partial mobilization in Russia arose spontaneously, because no one could fully predict whether it would happen. However, the scammers quickly fussed, developing new schemes. And in order not to lose your money, you need to “know the enemy by sight.” Therefore, in this article we will talk about mobilization fraud. And help us with this Elnur Ismailov, lawyer of Khaton.ru Pravo LLC.
Fraudulent schemes for conscripts
Avoid being drafted for money
The most common scam is an offer to avoid conscription for money. It is usually built in the following way:
- You receive an incoming call, an email or a message in instant messengers, which says that you are called and from day to day you will receive a summons.
- Then the scammers offer to “solve the issue”, but for a certain amount of money. The amount usually ranges from 30,000 to 100,000 rubles.
- After that, criminals may begin to threaten you. For example, to say that literally tomorrow this amount will increase many times over.
Of course, if you transfer funds to the specified account, no one will cancel your agenda. By the way, it most likely did not exist. Fraudsters have nothing to do with the military registration and enlistment office.
Be prepared for the fact that the offender knows your name, in which military registration and enlistment office you are registered, as well as other data. Information leaks are everywhere, and attachment to the military registration and enlistment office is not difficult to determine by the location of your smartphone. Almost always, scammers are carefully prepared and act as carefully as possible.
“Hello, you have an agenda”
The actions of scammers, unfortunately, do not end with calls and messages. Some would-be recruits have faced extortionists knocking on their door.
As a rule, these are two men in uniform who come to your house “with a summons.” Of course, they have no official agenda, but there may be a perfectly fabricated fake. How to distinguish them from the employees of the military registration and enlistment office?
Such individuals usually do not know your name, because it is quite difficult to find out the exact address of residence. Therefore, instead of a greeting, they can use general phrases like: “I wish you good health. The military registration and enlistment office of the Leninsky district.” But a criminal can easily name his name and position. As a rule, they have it rehearsed. They may also carry fake IDs.
During the conversation, they will try to find out your last name and first name. For example, an employee begins to sort through a stack of “summons” with the words: “Remind me, please.” At this moment, another employee writes down your data on a blank form, which will then serve as your agenda.
Then, in the course of communication, the scammers begin to offer you to “lose the agenda” for a decent amount of money. Most likely, here we will talk about more than 100,000 rubles, because criminals take a big risk when they come to you personally.
In the case of this type of fraud, we are talking not only about your money, but also about security. It is better not to open the door to strangers at all, and also in no case to let them into the apartment. Try to end the conversation as soon as possible. For example, say that you agree to appear at the draft board and take the summons. After that, you can call the draft board to find out if there really is a summons for you.
Collecting money at the recruiting office
Another variant of fraud occurs in the queue at the recruiting office. While you are standing near the military registration and enlistment office, supposedly its employees may approach you. It would seem that it’s okay, but this is only until the moment when they start extorting your money.
And here you will not only be offered to “get off”, but they can also inform you about the need to purchase uniforms, for which it is time to urgently donate money. They will also scare you with the fact that you have to “go into battle without a bulletproof vest.” And when you hand over the money to them, they will write down your name and disappear.
This is always a scam, because the mobilized are given all the uniforms. Yes, and it is better to resolve such issues personally with an employee of the military registration and enlistment office in his office. Some criminals also offer to buy smartphones that can be used in a war zone. This is also a scam, because any smartphones are prohibited there.
All of the above situations fall under Article 159 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation “Fraud”. In order not to become a victim of scammers, be vigilant and double-check any information. Communicate only with authorized employees of the military registration and enlistment office on its territory. And most importantly, don’t panic. After all, it is panic and stress that usually play into the hands of scammers.