The MIDAS Trawler

MIDASearch’s monthly trawl through the Internet to find trends and news relevant to online investigators.

April 2020

Fraud how-to guides frequently sold on major dark web marketplaces.


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The Digital Risk Protection company Terbium Labs has published their latest investigation findings into fraud guides and have found that they account for 49% of the data being sold on the dark web the second highest is  personal data at 16%.

The Fraud Guides instruct on how to open a fraudulent accounts at specific financial institutions, how to reset an account password without knowing the answers to security questions many guides also include fake mobile applications and HTML templates that allow criminals to impersonate legitimate sites or applications. Criminals can buy this content rather than needing to build and design phishing sites or content from scratch.

These guides are widely available for sale on major dark web markets, alongside the sensitive data and financial details fraudsters need to carry out their scheme with prices ranging from $15 to $50.