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eBay scammer steals identity of special agent investigating him

The line between chutzpah and reckless

is often the same fine line between spectacular success and laughable fiasco

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Re: The line between chutzpah and reckless

Absolutely. This is the case of a bottom feeder to whome Fate appears to deliver an opportunity, but it was actually a test of character.

He'll have a few years to rethink his life now.

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Ok, so 10/10 for style...

... but minus several million for good thinking!

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you can't make this up

did JAWA know this cop was on his butt? Or is this some crazy coincidence?

See title.

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It's not unusual to find criminals who think they're brighter than they are but this seems to be an outstanding example.

OTOH am I alone in being worried by the idea of "a web portal which provides access to criminal intelligence and other highly privileged information for law enforcement officials" which can be accessed by a bit of social engineering?

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His balls were WAY bigger than his brain. Full credit to him for turning minor criminality into potentially a lengthy prison term.

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To be followed by deportation back to India and banning from ever visiting the USA again.

He really didn't think that through, did he?

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Should have talked to Uncle Owen

He'd have told them never to trust a Jawa

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Re: Should have talked to Uncle Owen

Ouch! That's cruel, but funny.

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Re: Should have talked to Uncle Owen

C-3PO put it best: "I can't abide these Jawas. Disgusting creatures."

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Happy

Re: Should have talked to Uncle Owen

He'd have told them never to trust a Jawa

Utinni!

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Re: Should have talked to Uncle Owen

> I can't abide these Jawas

Quite right - terrible Eastern European motorbikes. Engines made of Swiss cheese, frames made of partially-vulcanised rubber. One step up from CZ motorbikes though.

Mines the one with the Honda C70 manual in the pocket. That's what I was riding when my brothers had Jawas and CZs..

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one count of stealing a special agent's identity

Is that really a specific offence on the statute books? Wow, they do think ahead, don't they!

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I think it's more a case of "Impersonating a Federal Officer" which, yes, is a federal offense (18 US Code § 912).

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Just this week I had an Ebay scammer send me an empty, but "signed-for" envelope containing nothing but a flyer, just so he could then provide "proof of delivery" to Ebay. Nasty and deceitful fellow who I suspect will shortly get his just deserts. Have raised this with Ebay who are now investigating, as it's clear he's done this to others, but am also considering calling in the police as well, but with all the cutbacks, it's doubtful they will do anything about it...

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@Kyorin

DEFINITELY get a crime number from the police. Even if they don't do anything, it will help your case with eBay. I had similar - was sent a (tracked, signed-for) postcard from China instead of the electronic item that I ordered. eBay/Paypal sorted the problem out without hassle.

eBay will send you instructions about what to do, just follow them and let the process do its stuff.

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@Kyorin

Ahhh mail fraud, one of the more fun ways to get the feds after you....

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Re: @Kyorin

You are more likely to get an investigation if you report it to http://www.actionfraud.police.uk/

Unlike you local force they have the time, skill and budget to do something.

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18 US Code § 912

Jack Walsh: I know my rights. You owe me phone calls.

Alonzo Mosely: What should be of paramount importance to you right now is not the phone calls, it's the fact that you're gonna spend ten years for impersonating a federal agent.

Jack Walsh: 10 years for impersonating a fed, uh?

Alonzo Mosely: 10 years.

Jack Walsh: How comes no one's after you?

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pretty impressive

He kind of made FBI a laughing stock, first, he broke their "security" by social engineering (" purporting to be the special agent phoned FBI tech support and successfully obtained a temporary username and password) and then he set up fake FBI ebay and other accounts impersonating NINE FBI staff, including the agent who'd been investingating him. You couldn't make this up...

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Re: pretty impressive

And when will the follow story on the termination of the fbi employee to granted him that access?

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Re: pretty impressive

I'm thinking impressive enough that he'll be quickly hired by some unnamed agency of some english-speaking country - they're all in need of such obvious talent. And the consequences be damned.

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Re: pretty impressive

After he gets out, he'll be calling you to inform you that he has detected that your Windows computer has a virus.

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Re: pretty impressive

Sounds waaaay below his level of ability.

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Re: pretty impressive

"Sounds waaaay below his level of ability."

Sort of. Considering the amount of work he put into this I can't help thinking he could just as well tried to pull off something really big and lucrative - or do something legit and lucrative.

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To Whom It Mey Concern

The story not UNTRUE.

Respectfully your,

Directa of Faderal Buroau of Investigashions

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made absolute fools of the g-men. give him a medal. lock the little twat up for fraud as well though.

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Not all that funny

This will happen to GCHQ eventually...

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Re: Not all that funny

How do you know it hasn't already?....

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Let's just hope he doesn't team up with someone like this:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-london-32095189

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1&!1 Mail and Media

True&False Mail and Media?

Or did someone accidentally hold shift and then fail to press backspace?

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@Ben Tasker

Maybe they've been bought by Yahoo?!?

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true && false would be false so it may be intended as an elaborate pseudonym for "false" -- as in "false email addresses".

Of course & is a bitwise operator so 1&!1 is actually 0.

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Your H1B visa program in action.

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when collared, Jawa was quoted as saying

"Ootini!"

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Poetic justice?

The agent should be fired for being an idiot, and the criminal pardoned for showing how stupid our "protectors" are!

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Re: Poetic justice?

Why, exactly, should the OIG investigator be fired?

He suspected theft of a parcel by a postal employee, not mail fraud. He corresponded with the seller under that premise, and law enforcement officers and investigators are generally required to provide identification when asked, and for good reason.

Really, who's ballsy enough to attempt to steal the identity of a LEO? Well, this utinni, apparently, but seriously, you DO NOT want to go down a road that has law enforcement refusing to provide their credentials. Down that road leads to far greater impersonation of law enforcement, since anyone loud and burly can just start shouting "Police! On the ground! I don't gotta show shit!" and people will comply for fear of legal problems if they don't and oh look, now they're being robbed/kidnapped/raped/murdered/assaulted with a bannana-cream pie.

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Re: Poetic justice?

No, all the officer did was provide his credentials, which he is obliged to do by law.

I suspect the rest is the result of lax procedures that don't have a second party authentication requirement, or not following those procedures that do.

None of which was done by the officer whose creds had been stolen.

If there is an idiot in the room, it ain't the agent.

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Devil

Jawa

On ya (motor) bike son!

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Re: Jawa

I CZ what you did there!

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[at a party]

Girl: So, what do you do?

Guy: I'm a special agent."

Girl: Wow, really? FBI?

Guy: No, um, post office...

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Fourteen US Postal Inspectors and Postal Police Officers have died in the line of duty.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Postal_Inspection_Service#Fallen_Officers

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You can't fix stupid

Guy finds out Feds are investigating him so he starts hacking the Feds. Throw away the key, there's no intelligent life there.

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Re: Feds are investigating him

At that point he was just a witness.

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This guy should be recruited to social-engineer his way into ISIL, where he could cause some problems..

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Watched Brazil again last night, and saw this now.

I don't piss and moan often, but when I do, I use the idea that asshats like him are going to force us into that nightmare.

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