How Credit Card Thievery Operates in the Online World


NPR talks to FBI agent Keith Mularski in Pittsburgh to find the “online megamall for stolen credit cards.” To register and get a password, Mularski had to use an an alias to persuade two criminals already on the inside to vouch for his criminality.

To sell credit cards on the site, someone must provide a sample of 50 to each reviewer. In a paradox of this marketplace, to get in, you have to be a verified credit card thief. But in order to do business, you have to show that you can deal honestly. This one seller is rated A++. We have to agree with the terms and conditions — which explicitly bar both journalists and law enforcement officials.

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