Credit card fraud: Behind the scenes

Dan DeFilippi, Katina Michael

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


This chapter provides a single person case study of Mr. Dan DeFilippi who was arrested for credit card fraud by the US Secret Service in December 2004. The chapter delves into the psychology of a cybercriminal and the inner workings of credit card fraud. A background context of credit card fraud is presented to frame the primary interview. A section on the identification of issues and controversies with respect to carding is then given. Finally, recommendations are made by the convicted cybercriminal turned key informant on how to decrease the rising incidence of cybercrime. A major finding is that credit card fraud is all too easy to enact and merchants need to conduct better staff training to catch fraudsters early. With increases in global online purchasing, international carding networks are proliferating, making it difficult for law enforcement agencies to be "policing" unauthorized transactions. Big data may well have a role to play in analyzing behaviors that expose cybercrime.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationOnline Banking Security Measures and Data Protection
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781522508656
ISBN (Print)1522508643, 9781522508649
StatePublished - Sep 23 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Economics, Econometrics and Finance(all)
  • Business, Management and Accounting(all)
  • Computer Science(all)


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