If he'd opened the accounts in his own name, would it still have been fraud?
A Californian man who raked in $50,000 after opening thousands of bogus accounts with online brokers, sometimes in the name of cartoon characters, has pleaded guilty to fraud. Michael Largent, 23, of Plumas Lake, California pleaded guilty to computer fraud and wire fraud charges on Thursday over a scam that ran for six months …
at a guess
what companies tend to do is deposit a small amount of money to your account and then debit it back out again. He probably waited for the deposit then closed the account pocketing it before the debit. It's such a negligibly small amount that the company probably wouldn't bother recovering it.
Depending on the size of the deposit, each one could net a few cents to a few dollars, repeating this 50,000+ times could pocket you quite a bit.
I would have to disagree..
I think this is one of those things that the company is trying to be cleverer than they really are. The interesting thing here is to note that they usually write this amount off without bothering. Why they're peeved is because they'll never make any money off this person.
Had he stuck around and used the money in some way so that they could cheat him out of more than they gave him, there wouldn't have been an issue.
Same thing with any business really. They exploit every loophole in the law they can get their paws on to stick the knives in. You, the lowly consumer, are not worth the effort of them being ethical. Hell, they won't even make safe products unless you sue them enough to make it too expensive to ignore you.
But if you uncover a loophole that doesn't benefit them, whether you benefit or not they'll shiv you in the back. And act all pious and "injured" while they're screwing you over.
Online money tranfewr Co's do this to authenticate account details you tell them that you bank with The bank of XYZ and have Acc No 12332197846 they then put in to that Acc £0.50 and ask you to return it to ensure that you do indeed have that Account if you pocket the money instead you are commiting an act of theft but to do as this person did you would have to set up several thousand bank accounts and sometimes credit/debit card details also must have been a very busy fellow for some time.
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