Stolen credit card informations found for sale on e-shop
The stealing of debit cards and credit cards has become a profitable business, but sometimes the people that practice it are not so desperate to use the details they got their hands on.
Fortunately for them, there’s an alternative: promoting the details to other scammers that are more skilled at sucking the banking accounts dry and are prepared to take the risks for doing it – end everybody is in a win situation.
Dancho Danchev from Webroot has lately discovered a obviously well-established website for promoting thieved cards details – so much so that the criminal behind the program has set up a professional-looking e-shop.
The store is promoted on a variety of carding forums, and the criminal can be approached only via ICQ.
The web page itself looks great: an excellent – and obviously changeable-style, and a store whose performance does not seem to vary much from any other genuine one – shopping cart solution and all (click on the screenshot to expand it):
The e-shop also has a very good and intuitive search engine so that the clients can find exactly what they need.
“The service is currently offering 9,132 stolen credit cards for sale, and has already managed to sell 3292 credit cards to prospective cybercriminals,” Danchev told, and points out that the going rate for a sample stolen credit card depends on whether the card is debit or credit. The former go for $16, and the latter for $30 per item, but there are also discounts to be had for bulk purchases.
For those of you thinking why the proprietor of this store would offer bank cards information for $30 a pop when he can probably draw out ten or 20 times as much from the affected accounts, the response is risk management.
“Instead of manually verifying the balance of the cards, he’s focused on bulk orders and forwarding the risk of getting caught to the prospective customers of his services,” Danchev ended up.