Carders: subject of investigation
by Vladimir Golubev
Date: September 21, 2003
According to Computer Crime Research Center, the greatest number of internet swindlers resides in USA, Romania, Nigeria, Great Britain, Canada, South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Russia, Ukraine, Lithuania, Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Egypt, Israel and Pakistan. The age of 33 % of swindlers at the moment of committing a crime did not exceed 20 years, 54% of them were from 20 to 40 years, 13% - older than 40 years old. That is to say, research disproves the existing opinion that carders are mainly 13-20 years old teenagers.
Statistics illustrates that companies often suffer greater losses from frauds rather than individuals. Men and aged people are more often engaged in frauds, and less are women and youth. Internet Fraud Watch states that fraudulent schemes appearing on online auction sites are the most frequently reported form of internet fraud. In 2002, almost 47% of all frauds were suffered by unlucky auctioneers. 20% of them were swindled by online retail goods. They induce their victims to send money for the promised items, and then deliver nothing.
The number of credit card frauds committed by men is 5 times greater. 53,7% of swindlers have higher or incomplete higher technical education, and 19,2% of them have other higher or incomplete higher education. Lately, the number of women engaged in frauds is increasing. On average, women-carders are 35 years old and they are not so skilled in computers.
Criminological investigations show that 52% of indicted swindlers were specially trained in the field of information security, 97% of them were workers of public institutions and used computers in their day-to-day activity, 30% of them were directly linked to computers.
Thus, some online auctions, such as E-bay, added some countries of the former USSR, Indonesia, Romania to unfair list. They refuse to deliver ordered items to these countries.
Computer Crime Research Center
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