The journalists working with the American edition of “Daily Beast” found out that Russian-speaking users of the website Airbnb on the search for private housing rent learned to launder money with the help of the web resource.
Fraudsters use dummy tenants. They rent a house of a certain person and pay for it with a stolen credit card using the data provided by the owner himself. After the funds are transferred from one card to another, the transaction participants divide the profits in half. Journalists found the scheme description on underground web forums. An experienced fraudster told to the Daily Beast that this scheme was not new and was often used to launder the money from cards. As it was detected, fraudsters gain up to three thousand dollars for one such deal. In this case the customer leaves a positive feedback about the tenant, so that not to cause any suspicion.
Author: Anna Dorozhkina