This Public Service Announcement is an update and companion piece to Business Email Compromise PSA 1-071218-PSA posted on www.ic3.gov. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center complaint information and updated statistics from October 2013 to July 2019.
Peter Zuccarelli entered a guilty plea on Thursday for his role in illegally exporting sophisticated ICs to China and Russia.
What started as a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) suspect unapproved part investigation into substandard transistors used in Boeing 737 antiskid/autobrake control units and other aviation applications, ended with the test lab tasked with ensuring the parts were in good working condition ordered to fork over a multi-million dollar fine for breach of contract and fraud for failing to perform the work they were hired to do and falsifying laboratory reports.
is investigating what is believed to be a crime ring operating in the Los
Angeles, CA and Las Vegas, NV areas. There is evidence to suggest the
individuals operating these organizations are placing purchase orders with
fraudulent intent. A majority of the addresses provided herein are either
residential or belong to shipping services (e.g. Postal Etc., Mail Link, and
other similar services). The phone numbers are disconnected, the websites
cannot be located, are parked by the registrar, or are currently for sale, and
emails are either undeliverable or do not elicit responses. Most of the email
accounts end in .net or yahoo.com.
This Public Service Announcement (PSA) is an update to the Business E-mail Compromise (BEC) information provided in Public Service Announcements (PSA) 1-012215-PSA and 1-082715a-PSA. This PSA includes new Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3) complaint information and updated statistical data.
On February 29, 2016, Paul Skiscim, President of Aerospec, Inc., was arrested on federal charges of supplying defective airplane parts to the federal government for use in its aircraft, including military aircraft.
Earlier today, after a month-long trial, Alexander Posobilov, Shavkat Abdullaev and Anastasia Diatlova were convicted of all counts, including conspiring to export, and illegally exporting, controlled microelectronics to Russia. Posobilov was also convicted of money laundering conspiracy. These defendants, all of whom worked at Arc Electronics Inc. (Arc), a Houston-based corporation, and eight other individuals were originally charged in October 2012. Five members of the conspiracy, including Arc owner Alexander Fishenko, previously pleaded guilty to related charges.
Originally charged in October 2012 along with 10 accomplices, Alexander Fishenko pleaded guilty on September 9, 2015 in New York to conspiring and illegally exporting controlled microelectronics to Russia, conspiring to launder money and obstruction of justice.
You may be surprised to learn that depending on the circumstances and your state’s laws, the person who cashes or deposits the fraudulent check may be held responsible.
ERAI recently reported a case in which an ERAI Member’s identity was used in a scheme to defraud several law firms in Florida and Texas resulting in at least one victim being duped out of $1,125,000.00.
Fake or bad check scams vary significantly but always tend to share one common denominator: The perpetrator wants to give you a check, cashiers check or money order but wants you to wire some of the money back. Enclosed is case example which demonstrates how the scam can unfold.