Mob Behind Massive Internet Fraud

from the organized-crime-goes-online dept

Back in March, there was some news about some organized crime figures involved in an online scam to get people to sign up for a “free tour” of an online porn site. They were asked to supply their credit card as proof of age, but were then billed monthly charges. Pretty straightforward online scam. The lawsuit says those involved then used a sophisticated money laundering scheme to move the money around. This latest article, though, talks about how the opportunity for such internet scams has split the organized crime world – especially when such scams come from porn sites. The best quote in the article involves a bit of editorializing from the writer. After quoting a letter from jailed mob boss John “Junior” Gotti about this case saying, “I have never been involved … with any business regarding the sex industry – EVER!” the reporter writes, “His dignity intact, young Gotti put down his pen and resumed serving a 5-to-7 year federal term for racketeering, bribery, extortion conspiracy and illegal gambling.”

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