Digital ruble scammers have been targeting Russians in multiple regions of the country as the cryptocurrency has become increasingly popular, according to reports. The scam works by sending emails and other advertisements that offer unrealistic promises of high and fast returns on digital ruble investments. In some cases, the scammers have asked for substantial investments, with some people reportedly being asked for over two million rubles. As of yet, no arrests have been made.
Digital ruble scammers have been operating for the past two months, preying on unsuspecting citizens. The emails usually advertise companies which offer attractive returns on digital ruble investments, and also ask for large investments to be made. Once the unsuspecting citizen makes an initial investment, they are asked for further sums much larger than the initial investment. In some cases, scammers have been asking for amounts of two million rubles.
The Russian Central Bank has not yet commented on the situation, but has warned citizens against investing in digital rubles and other unregulated cryptocurrencies. The Ministry of the Interior has also warned against investing in digital rubles, stating that these investments are high-risk and could potentially be scams. The ministry has advised citizens to remain vigilant when dealing with digital rubles and to proceed with caution when considering any investments.