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Local Net-theft Scam Busted

This is actually a pretty involved scheme, and something I wouldn't expect to see around here:

Two Madras teens have been arrested in an Internet theft scam, accused of using stolen credit card numbers to buy almost $50,000 worth of Apple Computer products and having them delivered to empty houses, police said.
Investigators learned that stolen credit cards and stolen identities were being used to buy items from Apple over the Internet, Stanfill said. Almost 50 orders had been made, with more than $48,000 worth of products ordered. Some were shipped and delivered, some were shipped and not delivered, while others were identified as fraudulent by Apple Computers and stopped, the detective said.

The orders were being sent to unoccupied homes in the Madras area, using credit card numbers and identities stolen in various ways over the Internet from victims across the country.

The numbers were stolen by phishing methods, though it's not known if the teens were directly involved in the phishing activity, though they think they might have been part of a larger group involved -- the arresting agency is also sending reports to the Secret Service and the Postal Inspection Service, as well as working with an agency in California.

Posted by Jake on 07/08/04 @ 11:09 AM
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