Scammers Run A Trucking Company With No Trucks

from the the-magic-of-computers dept

You have to admit that there are some creative scammers out there. Take, for example, a group of Russian immigrants, who used their hacking skills to effectively run a trucking company that didn’t exist. They would hack into a Department of Transportation website that listed licensed trucking firms to change the contact info (temporarily) on certain firms to their own address and phone number. Then, they would go to another online site that listed cargo in need of transportation. They’d pose as the firm whose contact info they’d replaced, get the deal, and then go find another trucking firm to actually deliver the cargo. The cargo itself would get delivered, and the scammers would contact the original cargo owners to get paid. Then, the company that actually delivered the cargo would contact the company these scammers pretended to be working for, and discover that it had no clue what they were talking about. Apparently, this scam was effective enough to net the scammers over a half-million dollars. Of course, it wasn’t effective enough to keep them from getting arrested.

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nasch says:

Re: I disagree

What I love about it (from an abstract sort of view) is that the cargo, which the scammers didn’t care about at all, actually got delivered! It seems like the usual scam is to say I’ll provide a service, get payment, then not provide the service. These guys actually provided the service, then got payment, and then screwed over the service provider. Clever indeed – and I’m glad they got caught too.

Mark Regan says:

Sounds To Me Like What US Businesses Do Every Day

Example: Guys need money to start up a business. They print and issue stock certificates. Sell stock on Wall Street to stupid people (mostly taxpayers). When the business fails, stockholders and retirees and employees lose. Businessmen don’t lose, because they call up their buddy, George Bush, for a bailout with taxpayer money. Deal done. Bush prints money and gives it to his business buddies who promptly pay themselves hundreds of millions of dollars for the “risk” they took in starting the business. Bush sends bill for the bailout of his business buddies to taxpayers and their children. Oh, isn’t Capitalism great?

Mojo_Death says:

Crime as a business model

Crime, in many ways is a “legit” business model. No matter the industry, it seeks to maximize profit and minimize expense.

The down side of course, (and the thing that keeps most people out of it) is that the potential profits seldom out weigh the penalties that will most certainly be imposed on a criminal level.

Mojo_Death says:

Crime as a business model

Crime, in many ways is a “legit” business model. No matter the industry, it seeks to maximize profit and minimize expense.

The down side of course, (and the thing that keeps most people out of it) is that the potential profits seldom out weigh the penalties that will most certainly be imposed on a criminal level.

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