Those "Russian" hackers, the early cash-rich years.@DuneLawrence

Jan 22, 2018, 02:59 AM

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Those "Russian" hackers, the early cash-rich years.@DuneLawrence

"…Telling the anecdote years later, Naskovets has a certain sympathy for the victim, who had to dredge up details from memory, while Naskovets just read off a screen. “This guy has his credit stolen from in front of his eyes,” he says.

From 2007 to 2010, Naskovets was an identity thief—the voice on the phone that explained questionable purchases to banks and gave final approval for fraudulent wire transfers. He didn’t convince every agent; about a third of the time, the scam didn’t work, he says. Hang up, move on. But he was successful enough to smooth the way for more than 5,000 instances of fraud, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.

If a bank employee got suspicious, Naskovets feigned impatience. “I don’t have time for this!”…"