I had a $500 MoneyPak stolen via hacker. I have some information. Can I catch em'?
October 31, 2012 10:19 AM Subscribe
A hacker redeemed my MoneyPak after viewing the scanned copy on my computer. They cashed it immediately via internet. Can I pursue a claim to obtain details and press charges?
posted by aca.int to law & government (7 answers total)
I was trying to make an exchange (for BitCoins, a digital currency) via IRC - an instant messaging program. I believe my computer was compromised in some way via the website's personal IRC client and the hacker deposited a MoneyPak of mine based on the scanned copy. (Always keep a back up, right?)
The card has a magnetic strip so if the hacker just entered the numbers. They must have gone into a digital account of a company MoneyPak works with, because they have to communicate to transfer the funds to that institution.
Within six hours (I had just scanned it before trying to use it) I reported it stolen, as the balance went from $500 to $0. MoneyPak said they'll try to find out where the money went. I have the receipt to prove I'm the owner and it's unlikely the hacker can defend that he/she could have bought it unless they're near me, where I purchased it.
Here's the information I will have - please tell me if you think it will be possible to personally identify him/her and press charges:
*The account the money was deposited in (pre-paid Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, phone company or other utility, etc.)
*Their IP address (I began chatting with him via a forum meant for these exchanges and the moderator has agreed to release that information to the police.)
*Their Gmail account
Is it likely the police can subpoena account transaction details (MoneyPak and the deposit account) as well as billing details from the ISP that corresponds to the IP address? Presumably this would be enough evidence to press charges.
Losing the money is irritating but at this point I want this resolved because these firms should be more accountable when the resources necessary for a solution are available to them.
Thanks for reading!