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RSA reveals details behind re-shipping scam




RSA reveals details behind re-shipping scam
RSA reveals details behind re-shipping scam



http://news.cnet.com/8301-27080_3-10396478-245.html 

By Elinor Mills
InSecurity Complex
CNet News
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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