Scammers continue to get creative when it comes to current events - and this new scam is no exception.
Fraudsters are impersonating Viktor Zubkov, a close ally to Vladimir Putin with a fake email. Zubkov, who served as the 36th Prime Minister of Russia in 2007-2008, and Putin's First Deputy Prime Minister during the presidency of Dmitry Medvedev, is also a board member of Gazprom, a state-owned energy giant.
This type of "advance fee Nigerian Prince scam" exploits a fake opportunity to get rich quick, supposedly made possible by international sanctions on Russia. Here's an example screenshot of the email:
Victims agree to share their accounts with the cybercriminals so "money can be transferred", and/or are being asked to pay a small sum so that they will get this large amount transferred to their account. The reality is that their bank account is drained and their private information is stolen.
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