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People ready to confess anything for $500,000: Kaspi Bank

24 february 2014, 15:14
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Kaspi Bank has received more than 1000 calls from people hoping to get a $500 000 bounty -- the money the bank is ready to award for information about the source of the misinformation campaign that has cause millions of dollars of losses to the bank, Tengrinews reports.

The misleading information was spreading through text messages from anonymous senders saying that three large Kazakhstan banks - Alliance Bank, CenterCredit Bank and Kaspi Bank - were on the verge to bankruptcy. The buzz sprung panic and got people withdrawing their deposits and storming ATMs. The withdrawals in Kaspi bank alone amounted to $216 million.

Kaspi bank has set a bounty of half a million dollars for information about the source of rumors that dealt a harsh blow to t 3 large Kazakhstan banks Kaspi bank, Alliance Bank and CenterCredit banks. The buzz about the bank's imminent run down spreading via texts messages got thousands of people withdrawing their deposits and storming ATMs causing huge losses to the banks.

Kaspi Bank Chairman of the Board Vyacheslav Kim has given a press-conference where he told about the progress in the investigation and the story that people make up to get their hands on the bounty.

"We've got more than 1000 letters of different kinds. They range from the beaten "I want to confess committing this crime" to much more peculiar versions. I've read a Facebook post these day that said that the half-a-million dollar bounty set by Kaspi bank reminded the Kazakhstan community about the soviet times of Lavrentiy Beriya, when everyone was sneaking squeaking about each other. Now we are getting cases with people coming and saying: 'You know, my neighbor, a young men, I always see him using various electronic gadgets. I am sure it was he who did this'."

However, the largest portion of the messages says the dodgy "I possess some information on your case, but I need guarantees."

The bank has a special team that analysis all the incoming messages and separates wheat from weeds.

Speaking about the suspect pool, the chairman pointed at other Kazakhstan and non-Kazakhstan banks, but added that it could be anyone, any common criminal.

According to the Governor of the National bank of Kazakhstan, the situation "is noting out of the ordinary. It is a provocation", but Kazakhstan should learn the lesson and "be ready to handle such unusual attempts of destabilization of its financial system".

The bank has assured that the set bounty is still valid even though the General Prosecutor's Office has already identified several suspects. The Kaspi Bank assured that $500 000 bounty would not got to the Prosecutor's office. According to the latest data, a lawyer of one of the banks and several other employees are among the initiators of the SMS-misinformation.


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