By Elinor Mills
November 12, 2009
RSA FraudAction Research Lab has uncovered the workings behind a recent
re-shipping scam in which U.S. residents were used as mules to send
goods purchased with stolen credit card numbers overseas.
The operation began a year ago and received applications from more than
1,900 people, though only 33 people were "hired," according to an RSA
FraudAction Research Lab blog post on Thursday.
Laptops, iPods, iPhones, Nokia smartphones, digital cameras, Sony
PlayStation 3 devices, and DJ equipment were among the items shipped to
addresses in Russia and Belarus. RSA estimates that more than $36,000
worth of merchandise was cashed out every month before the scam ended
earlier this year.
The operation masqueraded as a company called "Air Parcel Express," and
it had an authentic-looking Web site, RSA said. However, there is a
legitimate shipping firm with the same name that is completely
unassociated with the scam.
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