Critical Data: Mob Snapshot

By John McCormick Print this article Print
Shadowcrew Base Case
Web Address: www.shadowcrew.com (Web site taken down by U.S. Secret Service in October 2004)
Business: Trafficking in stolen and counterfeit credit, debit and identification cards*
Administrators: Andrew Mantovani, David Appleyard and others*

Financial Damage: More than $4 million in financial losses to credit card companies and financial institutions**
Challenge: Avoid capture by law enforcement.

Baseline Goals**

  • Grow general membership, which reached 4,000 registered members in October 2004.
  • Increase number of instructional forums, from 12.
  • Boost stock of resellable credit card numbers, which numbered 1.5 million.
  • Increase cache of e-mail addresses, which reached at least 18 million.
*According to a grand jury indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.
** According to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Newark, N.J.

This article was originally published on 2005-03-15
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