Users mourn the loss of top stolen credit card site

Can you imagine a breathlessly credulous article like this being written about someone who found their path to financial independence through smashing car windows and selling fentanyl-tainted cocaine?

Among those lamenting the loss is Player 456, a 27-year-old based in Ghana. "UniCC was credible and affordable. That's why I'm really heartbroken."

When COVID-19 struck Ghana in 2020, the government introduced lockdowns that impacted Player 456's livelihood. "I work in the events industry," he says. "You can guess how business went." Looking to make cash, he spoke to a friend who suggested he get into online fraud. [...]

For Player 456, it was an eye-opener. Alongside the ability to buy access to compromised credit cards, which could be used for illicit online shopping sprees, the site also held a database of stolen U.S. Social Security numbers. Those numbers allowed people to file fraudulently for unemployment benefits, depositing the cash in U.S.-based dupe accounts they gained access to via UniCC. [...]

"UniCC gave me a way out to turn my finances around -- even though I realize it was at the peril of someone else on the other side of the world," he says. "I see people suffer because they have no money. Graduates, people whose jobs they've lost because of COVID. I hoped they'll all get a chance like I did. But now it's gone."

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4 Responses:

  1. Dude says:

    Can you imagine a breathlessly credulous article like this being written about someone who found their path to financial independence through smashing car windows and selling fentanyl-tainted cocaine?

    Hell, that's what I thought after seeing that NY Times piece sympathising with the Jan. 6 terrorists: "For Many Who Marched, Jan. 6 was Only the Beginning". What is even the fuck?

  2. sucks_at_python says:

    >Can you imagine a breathlessly credulous article like this being written about someone who found their path to financial independence through smashing car windows and selling fentanyl-tainted cocaine?

    I see this all the time, the most recent example I can think of is this story on union pacific thefts:
    https://jalopnik.com/thousands-of-stolen-packages-and-empty-boxes-littering-1848359318

    >But this strikes me more as desperate, wholesale looting than property crime, and we should expect to see more of it as we ignore the mass suffering caused by rampant income inequality.

  3. Anomenat says:

    “UniCC dominated the carding economy ...,” says Tom Robinson, co-founder and chief scientist at blockchain analytics company Elliptic, which first spotted the closure announcement.

    But why would a blockchain analytics company be monitoring credit card scammers? I thought blockchain was all about decentralized liberty and freedom?

    • Zygo says:

      If you're working at the top of your field (professional scamming for profit), you have to keep up with what everyone else in the same field is doing.