VPNMONSTER.NET / CREDIT CARD FRAUD
Our credit card was billed for $4.89 by this company. We did not recognize the charge so we called the phone number on the cc statement. That number is unlisted. I then went online and googled the name and found that it is a FRAUD.
This is what that site says:
FRAUD ALERT: VPNMONSTER.NET [protected] aka VPNMONSTER.COM is a fake front company. They are part of a large group of fraudulent websites processing hijacked card data into cash. The card data fraud laundering operation is ran by a multi year eastern European organized crime syndicate.
The fake sites are set up exclusively to process stolen card data, and launder the charges into cash. The stolen funds are then wired to banks in Bulgaria, Latvia, Kyrgyzstan, and Cyprus, in the names of various offshore shell companies. Some of the stolen funds have ended up in the Ukraine.
This Russian headquartered organized crime syndicate recruits cyber-mules either through fake job adds, or by targeting online posted resumes at careerbuilder.com, Monster, etc. They masquerade as legitimate software or toy companies from China and various countries in Europe. The duped cyber-mules are then instructed to set up domestic LLCs, Corps or BBAs, open a business bank account, and obtain merchant gateway processing services specifically through authorize.net. The crime syndicate manages the associated website and uses the services set up by the cyber-mules to launder hijacked credit cards into cash. Every single charge processed via these sites are from stolen card data. It is estimated that they may process 6 million cards a year, or more, and may have up to 300 active fraud sites operating at any given time. In the case of MGGAMEZONE.COM the duped cyber-mule is located in Ontario, CAnada, and is also where the LLC front company and acquirer merchant bank account are located.
If you receive a charge from one of these fraud entities, it is imperative that you report the charge as FRAUDULENT, and cancel and replace the card. They will keep charging it, also, CHECK YOUR PRIOR STATEMENTS for small fraud charges that you may have missed.
Please file a report at http://www.ic3.gov/complaint
The fraud VPNMONSTER.NET [protected] aka VPNMONSTER.COM is specifically addressed in a post on this page: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19620593-Ebo ... lter=vpnmonster
The complete story of this multi-year long running criminal organization is documented starting here: http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r19620593-Ebo ... DigitalAgePluto
Please post the line item of how the fraud charge appears on your statement, also list any additional fraud charges which show up in.