How it Works:
Typically incorporate identity theft, freight forwarding, and counterfeit check schemes.
- The fraudster posts a help-wanted ad on popular Internet job search sites.
- Respondents are required to fill out an application wherein they divulge sensitive personal information, such as their date of birth and Social Security number.
- The fraudster uses that information to purchase merchandise on credit.
- The merchandise is sent to another respondent who has been hired as a freight forwarder by the fraudster.
- The merchandise is then reshipped out of the country.
- The fraudster, who has represented himself as a foreign company, then pays the freight forwarder with a counterfeit check containing a significant overage amount.
- The overage is wired back to the fraudster, usually in a foreign country, before the fraud is discovered.
Operation Cyber Sweep:
The Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC), a partnership between NW3C and the FBI, in coordination with state and local law enforcement agencies, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the U.S. Secret Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the U.S. Dept. of Justice offer details on a national take down effort highlighting recent Internet crime investigations stemming from IFCC referrals.