Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Belarus Man Pleads Guilty to Running Identity Theft Site

Robert McMillan writes on PC World:

A 26-year-old Belarusian man has admitted to running an identity theft website designed to thwart the antifraud measures used by many banks.

Until he was arrested in April 2010, Dmitry Naskovetz had been the mastermind behind, a website that helped more than 2,000 identity thieves commit fraud. CallService employed a network of English and German speakers who would call up banks, pretending to be ID theft victims, and confirm fraudulent transactions rung up by the criminals.

This business neatly skirted antifraud measures put in place by many U.S. banks, which often ask cardholders to phone in to confirm suspicious transactions.

Naskovets would make sure his callers were the correct gender, and then tell them exactly what to say to ensure that the bogus purchases went through. He'd give his callers a dossier on the victim, including the name, e-mail address, Social Security number and answers to security questions such as "What city were you married in?" and "What is the name of your oldest sibling?"

More here.


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