How it works:
- During the 2018 World Cup in Russia, there were individuals posing as staff of the telecoms company MTS selling used/lowest-tier SIM cards to visitors at premium prices.
Places to beware:
- Moscow (generally at airports)
What to do:
- The big three telecoms companies are MTS, MegaFon and Beeline.
- Get a SIM card from official shops or retailers at airports, transportation hubs and in shopping malls but not online (only locals can). Avoid buying from online resellers too.