authorization” to obtain credit card information. He also admitted to
preparing and sending fraudulent e-mail messages to the company’s cus-
tomers to obtain additional financial information, and to using some of
the credit card and financial information for his own personal gain. His
arraignment took place in the United States District Court, District of
Connecticut, in downtown New Haven. A loss figure of $335,000 was
stipulated, determined on the basis of the number of credit cards he stole
(670) multiplied by the minimum implied loss per credit card ($500). He
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Dear Mr. or Mrs. G,
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you, but our system has
flagged your order most likely due to an unauthorized credit card transaction.
In order for your items to be shipped we first need some verification. For our
safety and security, BoatingCT requires that you respond back with your
card’s verification number, if one is available. The verification number is a
3-digit number printed on the back of your card. It appears after and to the
right of your card number.
The second method is bank account verification in case fraudulent credit card
information was provided. We require the routing number, which is located at
the bottom of your check in between the |: and |: symbols, as well as the
account number which comes before the ||’ symbols. Exact location and
number of digits varies between banks.
All information is private and confidential. Again, we apologize for any
inconvenience and hope you continue to shop with us in the future.
Text of e-mail message sent to a BoatingCT.com customer
retrieved from the student’s computer.
Source: Special Agent/CART field examiner, FBI New Haven Field Office, January
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