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bighouse
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PostPosted: Tue Feb 20, 2007 7:22 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Good afternoon, I work for an email provider and we recently have a "free customer" sign up for several different accounts with similar names and send out something like the following, caught in our outbound filtering mechanisms.

Unfortunately, it was such a low volume, and targeted very specifically to their destinations so the filters released the held mail after just a short quaranteen period. I know it's fraud, but I can't pinpoint the specifics. Do they just expect people to ship the products, have the credit card bounce after shipping, and all the fraudster gets is the free products?

What do I do with them? Shut off their accounts or contact the FBI or what?

Dear sir/madam,

I come from Indonesia and i'm looking for any products such as <insert one of several different products here>, if you have them available instock or have information about these products please dont hesitate to contact us immediately.

I hope you could inform me about the pricelist, delivery time via EMS/US Parcel Post (4-10 days delivery) also term of payment (Master Card/Visa etc) for this order.

I look forward to having your reply by return.

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Are they just plain old credit card frausters? They actually send out there credit card information over the email when someone replies, name, number and what not. I believe the names are all the same, and this last round they used 33 unique card numbers, a different card for each order!

http://www.cartserver.com/americart/faq-fr.html

makes it even more clear, they keep the orders relatively small, but the email above fits the MO perfectly.
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bighouse
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PostPosted: Wed Feb 21, 2007 6:35 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

I've identified it...

It is indeed just a straight forward credit card scam where they are basically stealing the products they order via email. The scammer opens a bunch of CC accounts, orders a bunch of stuff they can sell in Indonesia on the streets, opens a temporary shop, sells the stuff, and of course never pays off the credit cards or worse, uses stolen numbers.

Ah well, the filters are worth something afterall.
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