By Kim Zetter
April 7, 2010
Romanian police arrested 70 suspects Tuesday who they claim were
involved in eBay scams and other cybercrimes since 2006.
Believed to be members of three separate gangs, the scammers used
phishing attacks to get the login credentials of eBay account holders,
then used the accounts to auction nonexistent goods. Police have
identified approximately 800 victims who sent money for non-existent
Rolex watches, cars, yachts, private airplanes and other luxury goods.
Buyers from around the world lost an estimated $1 million after they
sent money for winning auctions, but never received goods. According to
one Romanian news source, an American buyer paid about $90,000 for a
luxury aircraft in one auction.
The crooks allegedly operated in Austria, Canada, Denmark, France,
Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United
States. Police have so far recovered only a small, undetermined amount
of money in the raids. Romanian authorities posted a video of one of the
police raids on YouTube .
Suspects in several countries reportedly exchanged homes, cars and phone
cards among themselves.
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