A Site That Sells Stolen Credit Cards And Slaps Scammers With Fees

We’d heard that credit card information can fetch as little as $1.50 on the open market, but we never really thought about what the experience of actually purchasing the info was like. Well, it turns out that buying a stolen credit card is a process riddled with fees. Who knew?

Brian Krebs started out by opening an account on a site that sells card numbers stolen from computers infected with trojans. He soon found out that being a scammer doesn’t mean you won’t be nickel and dimed.

The trouble is, the minute you seek to narrow your search using the built-in tools, the site starts adding all these extra convenience fees (sound familiar?). For example, if I wanted to buy a card stolen from anyone around the Washington, D.C. area, it would probably be from a resident of McLean, Va., which is more or less a tony place where there are plenty of well-to-do folk. Anyway, the site found me a card (a MasterCard) belonging to a McLean resident alright, but then the service wanted to tack on an extra $.60 just because I isolated my search by city and state — raising the cost in my shopping cart to $2.10! No way, Jose. Not this bargain shopper!

Oh, and as the commenters on BoingBoing pointed out — No, the site doesn’t accept credit card payments for stolen credit card numbers.

I’ll Take 2 MasterCards and a Visa, Please [Krebs On Security via BoingBoing]

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  1. PunditGuy says:

    No problem. Go to the PayPal scam site and pay with a credit card, then use that to pay at the credit card scam site.

  2. Rocket says:

    So, what’s the credit card site? I might want to buy one.

  3. Anonymously says:

    I’m selling a tool that creates fees for websites that sells credit cards. The more elaborate the fee, the more I charge.

  4. grumpskeez says:

    Oh, The Huge Manatee!

  5. edison234 says:

    This confirms that the stolen credit card sites are run by banks – how else do you explain all of the fees?

  6. unimus says:

    This reminds me of the coke dealer that called the police when his goods got stolen.

  7. Fubish says: I don't know anything about it, but it seems to me... says:

    Cripes! With all those fees, it sure sounds like Bank of America is in the business of selling stolen credit cards too!

  8. Mambru says:

    What if I write a check for 21 bucks tell him that it was a mistake but for his troubles he can keep 8 and send me the remaining 13