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On an icy New York winter’s night, 20 armed secret service officers in SWAT gear successfully brought a million-dollar crime syndicate to its knees.
Even before the ringleader was caught, the authorities were already aware that a credit card syndicate was running; not quite at full steam yet, but running nonetheless. They knew this because just two years earlier, two men — co-conspirators with the ring leader — were caught red-handed. Those men were Edward Dorsey and Quincy Wielingen, later known to be pawns in the kingpin’s master game of fraud-flavored chess; a game which sent men and women, who were recruited online, all over the country, spending stolen cash in exchange for hefty profits. Besides all of the risk and the fact that what they were doing was blatantly against the law, from a purely financial perspective, it was a win-win — until they got locked put in handcuffs, that is.
It’s just the latest in a string of high-profile cases of digital fraud — a cybercriminal trend that’s manipulating one in ten American adults every year and swindling the honest population of some $3 billion per annum — and despite the FBI’s efforts, that number continues to climb.
So, who were the brains behind this latest feat of cybercrime? What exactly did they steal, and how’d they get away with it for so long? Put on your detective hats and let’s find out.
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00:41 The raid
02:23 Rewind: the lead-up to the arrest
05:43 The kingpin”