[LINK] Crims use hacked email to steal house

Kim Holburn kim at holburn.net
Wed Sep 15 08:00:06 EST 2010


This has been big news in the tech press.  Still it has bearing on  
several discussions we have had on link on digital identities.

http://www.zdnet.com.au/crims-use-hacked-email-to-steal-house-339305958.htm

> An international cybercrime investigation is underway into a  
> sophisticated scam network that left a Western Australian man half  
> a  million dollars out of pocket when criminals sold his Perth  
> investment property using stolen credentials.
>
> The man, Roger Mildenhall, had been overseas for more than a year  
> when his neighbour informed him that a house of his had been put on  
> the market and was in the process of being sold. Mildenhall then  
> found out that another property of his had already been sold in June.
>
> Mildenhall rushed home and action was taken to stop him losing a  
> second property. The crimes were reported to the police last Friday.
>
> The thieves, believed to be Nigerian, had enough information on  
> Mildenhall to satisfy regulatory requirements.
>
> State, federal and overseas police agencies will investigate the  
> complex scam, which is considered the first of its kind in  
> Australia. It is alleged scammers had stolen Mildenhall's email  
> account and personal and property documents to sell the houses and  
> funnel cash into Chinese bank accounts.
>




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