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eBay Fraudster Caught Messing with Special Agent

When you’re committing eBay fraud, is it really wise to mess with a Special Agent? In the case of one perpetrator at least, the answer is no.

The Department of Justice issued a press release this week stating that a 25-year-old Ohioan pled guilty to eight counts of wire fraud and one count of aggravated identity theft, part of an eBay and PayPal scheme in which he was alleged to have stolen the identity of a USPS Office of Inspector General Special Agent.

“Based on court documents, from at least February 2013 through June 16, 2015, the defendant devised and executed a complex identity theft scheme to defraud financial institutions, insurance companies, and others.

“The defendant managed numerous PayPal accounts that were engaged in a scheme to defraud eBay buyers and eBay’s third-party parcel insurance company.

During this period, the defendant repeatedly transferred money representing the proceeds of his fraud scheme from and between accounts he controlled in victim names to accounts he controlled in his own name.”

The defendant allegedly stole the identity of the Special Agent and used it to fraudulently gain access to law enforcement databases from which he stole personal identifying information of multiple victims.

As part of the brazen act, “The defendant then used the identifying information of those individuals to open further fraudulent financial accounts in their names, without their knowledge or consent,” according to the DOJ.

You can find the full details on the Department of Justice website.

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Ina Steiner is co-founder and Editor of EcommerceBytes and has been reporting on ecommerce since 1999. She's a widely cited authority on marketplace selling and is author of "Turn eBay Data Into Dollars" (McGraw-Hill 2006). Her blog was featured in the book, "Blogging Heroes" (Wiley 2008). Follow her on Twitter at @ecommercebytes and send news tips to ina@ecommercebytes.com.