Lithuanian people cheated Google and Facebook
• A resident of Lithuania cheated Google and Facebook
After reading the headline, many will think that we are talking about a high-profile hacker who cracked corporate invoice as walnuts. But it is not - Evaldas Rimasauskas (Evaldas Rimasauskas), who managed to cash in on companies spending millions of dollars on a monthly basis to improve security systems, just a resourceful type. His scheme was simple, does not require large expenditures, but, nevertheless, to work effectively.
The Lithuanian received tens of millions of dollars, exposing the Facebook and Google accounts for services which it does not have, and for the supply of products, which has not been seen. We can say that the scammer used the decentralization of large companies that are so big, that one department may be unaware of the existence of the other and, moreover, do not know what it does.
Evaldas cranked their affairs from 2013 to 2015, and so skillfully that it failed to expose only in 2019. In March, the US Department of Justice has reported on the disclosure of a multi-million scam, and told all the details of this extraordinary crime.
The main instrument Rimasauskasa become registered in Latvia, the company Quanta Computer Inc., the name of which follows the name of the well-known manufacturer of electronic components from China. Because of this similarity, the fraudster managed to persuade Google and Facebook employees that it was he who delivers its products. Of course, for a product that provides a completely different company, Evaldas received money. In order to convince the corporation that he is in fact their permanent contractor, man forged letterheads, invoices, official letters, certificates and many other important documentation. To receive the money, crook provide the Bank with "fake" power of attorney and the certificate from own production of stamps.
Solid cash flow needed to quickly and efficiently wash, so Rimasauskas opened several bank accounts in Cyprus, Lithuania, Latvia, Hungary and Slovakia. After receiving money from companies, Dodger began to translate them from one account to another, confusing the trail. This trick and allow criminals so long to fill the pockets and not get caught.
Over two years of Evaldas received from the 100 million Facebook and from Google - 23 million US dollars. Of course, in the US Department of the report does not appear the names of companies, but journalists from the publication Bleeping Computer is directly addressed to them, to get confirmation of the fraud. In Google explicitly recognized that the company has become a victim of fraud, but added that it had already returned the lost funds.
March 20, 2019 Evaldas Rimasauskas pleaded guilty of economic crimes on one of the items, which accuses him of fraud with the use of electronic equipment. The man said he was ready to return to 49,738,559 dollars, derived from criminal activity. Total Evaldas put forward three charges related to illicit enrichment. In that case, if convicted on all counts, there is a real chance to be behind bars for 30 years. The second hearing will be held on July 24, 2019.
The case of the Lithuanian swindler, though unusual, but not original. in the area of economic security experts argue that because of such fraud companies in the world annually lose up to $ 3 billion. The FBI also believe that this type of fraud victims brings the greatest losses.