Why not bust large domestic scams?
June 4, 2013 11:01 AM Subscribe
So I got one of those "US Airlines" free ticket doodads in the mail. Yes, I know it's a scam. But it led me to wonder: why aren't these large-scale, domestically run scams actually busted? I assume the intent to deceive makes this particular one at the very least intentional infringement on US Airways's trademarks, and quite possibly mail fraud.
posted by jackbishop to law & government (11 answers total)
As I understand it, this scam works with an upsell for some sort of useless membership or timeshares or somesuch. So it's not as if the perpetrators of this one are mysterious Nigerians on the other end of an untraceable wire transfer — the money exchange is done in a traceable manner with a domestically-operating entity, and it seems that scams of this sort would be really easy to mount a sting operation against, and that they're large enough to make it worthwhile. Is it just not a priority for any enforcement agency?
On a similar note: how about those various scamsters robocalling cellphones? Why aren't they brought down with sting operations?