The Romanian police and U.S. law enforcement officials have arrested 70 people in three cyber crime groups for their roles in scams targeting eBay customers, reports eWEEK.
The Romanian Directorate for Investigating Organized Crime and Terrorism, in conjunction with the FBI and Secret Service officers from the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, conducted raids at more than 100 locations Sunday. It says the crimes took place across more than a dozen countries and involved more than 800 victims. The story lists the amount stolen at around 800,000 euros (more than US$1 million.)
SC Magazine explains the scams this way:
Citing published reports out of Romania, the fraudsters may have carried out their scams by first launching phishing attacks to obtain login credentials from legitimate eBay users, Gary Warner, director of research in computer forensics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, said in a Tuesday blog post. The defendants then used the hijacked accounts to set up fake auctions selling big-ticket items, such as electronics, cars, airplanes, motorcycles and jewelry.