[LINK] Crims use hacked email to steal house
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.
> 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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