QVC computer glitch scammer enters guilty plea

A computer glitch in home-shopping network QVC’s computers let a woman scam the company for $412,000 and more then 1,800 items. That woman, Quantina Moore-Perry, 33, of Greensboro, NC  pled guilty to the scam in Federal court this week and agreed to surrender the $412,000.

Authorities said Quantina Moore-Perry of Greensboro, exploited a glitch in QVC’s computer system where she would receive merchandise without being charged if she canceled an order immediately after placing it. Authorities said there was no evidence Perry caused the computer glitch, rather she just took advantage of it. Perry then took the 1,800 products she received and resold items on eBay from March to November 2005.

The case against Moore-Perry was cracked in November 2005 by a couple of women in Alabama who contacted QVC security about some items they bought on eBay but that came wrapped in original QVC bags.Moore-Perry was released yesterday on $20,000 unsecured bond pending sentencing.

The QVC case was one in string of online scam criminal ventures that have been quashed recently.  For example, earlier this month the Federal Trade Commission said it settled contempt of a court with serial cybersquatter John Zuccarini who used more than 5,500 copycat Web addresses to divert surfers from their intended Internet destinations to one of his porn sites. With the new FTC order, the defendant must give up $164,000 in ill-gotten gains, conform to enhanced compliance and monitoring requirements.

Also this month, the FTC teamed with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service and the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois to quash an illegal operation that sold lists of consumers’ credit card account numbers and security codes, that exposed thousands of consumers to possible identity theft, and violating federal law.The USPIS set up an undercover sting – using postal inspectors who posed as Canadian telemarketers – and sought to buy lists that contained consumers’ credit card account numbers and security codes, and bank account numbers and routing codes, so they could offer credit cards to U.S. consumers for a one-time, up-front fee.

In addition a California man was this month indicted on four counts of electronic transmission of codes to cause damage to protected computers. Greg King,  also known as “Silenz, Silenz420, sZ, GregK, and Gregk707, “ allegedly controlled over 7,000 such “bots” and used them to conduct multiple distributed denial of service attacks against websites of two businesses -- CastleCops and KillaNet.

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