Truth behind Carding fraud on Amazon
Carding fraud is not a new term it is basically a Credit card fraud. But now it has reached a new platform, every day we come forward to a new Instagram group/page dealing in Electronics selling stuff at 10% of the original price. Because of this low price they lure more and more customers to be a part of serious fraud.
So what’s new? While traditionally credit card fraud was just a person scamming another person by retrieving his/her personal details. Using those details to register them to different credit card vendors and using those cards for their personal use. Now the fraud persons are venturing in the digital space becoming sellers, offering lucrative discounts on the electronics, such that the stuff costs less than 1/5th the original price.
Indian banking system did try to prevent such frauds by bringing the OTP system on Debit and credit cards. Which led to OTP fraud in which the fraud person retrieves the one-time password posing as bank officials withdrawing all the money in the account. Even One97 communication’s Paytm has had been home to such OTP fraud, UPI – united payments interface prevents such fraud by not letting the user transact from an unsecured network.
How do they operate on social media?
The frauds have their accounts on social media, where there is the least information required to register. Then using the stories and posts, they try to spread the word. Posting regularly increasing the faith in prospective customers, Luring them with attractive offers available only through chats.
They offer stuff worth 1000$ for just 100$. Our Team once contacted an international fraud, So we were given a deal on the telegram app. Where the person was selling then-latest MacBook for 150$. After we enquired a lot about the process, the person described faintly that he purchases cards from Dark web for 30$ which he asked us to pay advance in for. Then using that card he would order stuff at our address from Amazon and we were needed to transfer the rest payment afterwards.
Shall you trust Carding fraud
No, Never trust fraud. Basically they are asking you to trust them while openly telling you that they are a fraud. Except that on platforms such as Instagram and telegram changing user details is very easy. You may pay the person for frauding someone-else instead, you might be the person who got scammed by the latter blocking you.
If the person blocks you, you might not be able to reach out to that person again moreover won’t be able to register a complaint of fraud as what you did on your part was also illegal. Digital space is not very consumer-friendly in such situations. There is also a possibility that the fraud person does actually book you the device as promised and ask you to pay up the rest amount. But before you receive the device, the person cancels the delivery and block you. You would have spent money and still remained empty-handed.
How does this carding fraud work?
Credit card fraud/ Card fraud is very common, People able to get the details of your card use the card for their own usage. In the USA it is so common that they have Hollywood movies on it and also being mentioned in their sitcoms a lot. People easily are able to access the dark web, The card details are usually being sold by the phishing websites which acquire your details by offering deals on the internet. The card details are then sold to the buyer(fraud) who uses the card.
Also, in the United States, if you are able to get the social security number of a person, it becomes very easy to make a fake identity card and create credit cards. That is Why it is said not to share such confidential information with anyone.
The fraud person poses as a person from the bank asking about enough details required to be able to transact. Then after obtaining the details of the person they next ask for the OTP (India exclusive) and after they complete the fraud. In India, SEBI advertises on television to aware individuals about such frauds and how to prevent them. Also informing How to report such activity.
It is cybercrime and you are stealing a person’s credit card details or buying with that card. large stuff from e-commerce sites using then selling it at a lesser rate. Carding lures victims through these hackers randomly texting you saying that you owe them or posing as a bank manager asking you to tell details for ‘updating system.’ The below provision covers this crime:
“Sec.66C of Information Technology Act 2000- Punishment for identity theft. -Whoever, fraudulently or dishonestly make use of the electronic signature, password. or any other unique identification feature of any other person shall be punished with imprisonment of either description for a term.
Which may extend to three years and shall also be liable to fine with may extend to rupees one lakh.”
Is it safe?
No, It is not safe. No wise person would recommend such a felony. By believing and enrolling in such fraud schemes you become a part of a civil crime. You are not asking for frauding a person but are also putting yourself at the risk by providing personal details to the fraud person.
There is a good chance of the person who was frauded might lodge a complaint which might lead directly to you and you may be seen as the fraud and be trialled as one. Although, getting stuff at a very low price seems tempting but one should know that the other person might have to pay or it will be you if you get caught.
If you ask these people a few details about the transaction you might be able to see them avoiding your texts and not replying properly to your text, suspecting you to be an Official conducting a sting operation. You could see the other person blocking you right away within a few texts. That’s the credibility of the person doing the Carding fraud.