Scammers in Russia duped a man into not only handing over 1 million Rubles, but also convinced him to then commit a felony crime, according to Daily Mail.

A 48-year-old Russian man from Ruza (about 2 hours east of Moscow) was contacted by someone who was claiming to be a 'representative of Russia's largest bank,' and they told him that his bank account had been linked to some suspicious activity.

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The 'bank representative' managed to convince the 48-year-old that scammers were trying to steal his money that was in his savings account, and the only way to keep them safe was by transferring all of it to a 'secure' account managed by employees of the bank.

Over the course of a few days, he transferred all of the money out of the account (about $13,500 USD) into several accounts belonging to the scammer.

After obtaining the money, the fraudsters went one step further with things, I can imagine only for their own entertainment.


They told the man the only way to expose the scammers for who they really were was for him to set fire to the Sberbank branch they were operating out of, which just so happened to be within his own town.

After sending the man detailed instructions of how to make a Molotov cocktail, the scammers sent him to burn down the bank.

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The man made sure there were no employees in the bank at the time, opened the door to the bank and threw the Molotov inside.

Employees were able to put out the fire before the fire department arrived.

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The man will face charges of property damage and potentially other crimes, and his chances of recovering his life savings are very slim.

Read more at Daily Mail

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