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A 22-year-old Romanian national has admitted he participated in a US-based phishing operation that raked in some $700,000 over a three-year period. Sergiu Daniel Popa, who for the past seven years has lived in New York and Michigan, pleaded guilty in federal court in Minneapolis to two felonies related to the scheme. He faces …


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  1. Anonymous Coward

    "When his house was searched earlier this year, authorities found..."

    Why, oh why, do these guys keep this stuff in their HOUSES?

    It seems like the least you could do would be to use your uber-fraudy skillz to get the keys to some dude's abandoned warehouse, and set up shop there - and work with gloves on.

    Then again, I guess if he'd done that there wouldn't be a Reg article about him. Crime is wasted on the criminals...

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge


    Having a remote, abandoned warehouse is not something he thought of because that would mean still having to "go to work", an act which he obviously had trouble with.

  3. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does make you wonder...

    ... how many other intelligent criminals there are out there that have legit businesses in the front and multitude of connections in the back defrauding the public.... sounds just like the banks!!!

  4. Marvin the Martian

    @ David

    I've also been considering to reorganise organised crime.

    Loansharking, for example, is done so inefficiently often (like breaking non-payers arms thus preventing from earning cash to pay you back; the "deterrent" excuse is not good enough).

    Maybe we can start a consultancy together. We must figure out whether to first collect money from the crims, then the (German?) police as tip-sellers, or first cooperate with police to get a good database of crims (they couln't keep for "lack of evidence" e.g.), or the first but then sell tips to the crims that the police is investigating them, etc. Decisions, decisions...

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