A confident voice is heard in the receiver, it seems that on the other end there is a young, well-knit guy. There are intonations that immediately draw the image of the speaker – short hair, leather jacket. In the nineties, this always perplexed, either a bandit in front of you, or a police operative. And then the following conversation happened:
– Hello, Anatoly Vasilievich?
– Good day.
– Are you Anatoly Vasilievich?
– Who is it?
– My name is Andrey K., I am bothering you in the framework of a criminal case initiated on the grounds of a crime …
– (Interrupts.) How did you get it, scammers, what do you want again, a million money?
– Anatoly Vasilyevich, I am not a swindler, but a police officer.
– And I am the Pope!
– Okay, I understand your distrust, please find the telephone number of branch X on the Internet, remember my last name. You can call or immediately come to testify, I work tomorrow and the day after tomorrow in the department.
– Why do I need it? You are joking?
– Anatoly Vasilyevich, I can summon you to testify.
– Okay, what’s the matter, can you tell me on the phone?
– Of course, you have dozens of SIM-cards, and there are questions about them. This does not pose any problems for you, but I am obliged to get clarifications and testimonies from you. An investigation is underway.
– Hmm, is it illegal?
– Come, I’ll tell you everything in detail, it is long and inconvenient on the phone.
“I’ll call you back and find out who you are and if it’s true.
– Of course, call, have a nice day, Anatoly Vasilyevich.
Strange conversation, isn’t it? Full feeling that a fraudster called, but this conversation is too out of the ordinary course. In Russia, operators have found a way to deal with unscrupulous employees, those who create their own small candle factories at their expense, and this call is an example of an investigation conducted by the police on very real cases.
What is remarkable about Anatoly Vasilievich? He lives an ordinary life, has nothing to do with crime, never used fake documents to issue SIM cards. But there is one caveat, Anatoly Vasilyevich always liked to look for benefits, which he found on one of the forums, where it was offered to connect to the operator’s tariffs at special prices, somewhere they cost half the price, somewhere even less. I issued one SIM card for trial, everything worked out. Then he somehow got involved, began to draw up cards for friends, sell them, in a word, it turned into a small business. Often, buyers did not have time to transfer their data, so they issued their cards for themselves. This already raises doubts about the rationality of a person, but, apparently, money dulls common sense.
At the moment, Anatoly Vasilyevich has about 50 SIM-cards issued for him, they all work. These SIM-cards are notable for the fact that for 200 rubles a month they have unlimited Internet, including full distribution to other devices. These SIM-cards were sold with a one-time payment, it varied, but usually it was within 1,000 rubles. If you look at the operator’s website, then the offer in this region is much more expensive, the purchase of such a SIM card is economically justified.
How does the operator plan to find their employees, what are these SIM cards issued? It’s very simple, the billing contains digital prints of everyone who issued SIM-cards, created discounts that they provided to subscribers. In the past, such candle factories were ubiquitous; a year ago, the security services of all operators made it clear that the companies would not suffer losses. Many employees considered this to be the barking of toothless dogs, they could – then they would have done. Several indicative flaws did not resolve the issue, the theft of corporate money and the sale of services for a pittance continued.
The scheme looks outrageously simple. One of the employees who have the opportunity to give discounts receives from the manager a list of SIM cards that are issued for a corporate client or for a subscriber who allegedly wants to go somewhere via MNP. Often such an employee is used in the dark, they use the fact that he is loaded and cannot check all SIM cards in the stream and who they are issued to. It is his digital traces that remain in the system. Further, such SIM-cards are simply sold to the side. Handsomely? Not that word. In fact, a person, performing his official duties, falls under an official investigation, in which it may be considered that he was related to such a scheme.
The operator contacts the police and asks to initiate a criminal case on the grounds of a crime of article 272, part 3 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation. This article describes unauthorized access to legally protected information.
The order, which the police officer receives, contains information about the phone numbers and SIM cards to whom they are issued. In addition to this, the assignment contains other questions, look at the screenshot.
The names of the suspected employees of the operator, concerning whom the investigation is underway, are indicated But here the most interesting thing is that the operator and the police, one way or another, will find the organizers of the candle factory, there is no doubt about that. The more sales of discount SIM cards on the left, the more damage to the operator and the faster the searches will take place.
The law enforcement practice of Article 272, part 3 is wide, many operators’ employees faced real deadlines for access to information, fraudulent schemes, these are dozens of cases, and they did not start yesterday. Read a well parsed story from Samara here here.
Or here’s another history on the same topic.
The operator is within their rights, they are looking for their own employees who have violated a number of laws, and there is no doubt that the punishment will be maximum, including compensation for the operator’s losses. And this is not a horror story, but reality. Little things in half a year on dozens of SIM-cards can run up a very decent amount.
Formally, the subscriber can also be held liable for the purchase of SIM cards with a deliberately low cost of services. That is, a purchase outside an equipped office, via the Internet, or something else. Will operators contact subscribers? The question is open, there is no solution yet, since the operators weigh all the pros and cons, to what extent this will cause a resonance in the public field. The lawyers working for the operators believe that at least it is necessary to demand compensation for the cost of services, so that in the future it will be discouraging to buy services from the hands. But, most likely, this time everything will cost the subscribers a slight fright.
Can you refuse to visit the police? In theory, of course, this is possible, especially if you are invited by phone. But if you receive a summons, then you are obliged to appear to testify, you cannot refuse, only if you have a good reason, for example, you are in the hospital. The situation for the buyer is not so critical, but it is still unpleasant and will cost nerves.
The surprise of these stories is that at the same time all operators began to struggle with this way of earning their employees. No one wants to publicly comment on this topic, it is too delicate, but sewn in a sack cannot be hidden. On the basis of anonymity, two of the four operators said that what is happening now can be considered a campaign, the losses of operators from such activities are too noticeable, and at the moment no one is ready to give money to enterprising employees.
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