U.S. Secret Service and others charge Russian national in connection with stolen credit card checking site “Try2Check”
Recently, the U.S. Secret Service, working with the FBI and the US Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York, unsealed an indictment charging Russian national Denis Gennadievich Kulkov in connection with his operation of Try2Check, a “card checking” site used by cybercriminals to check the balances associated with stolen credit cards.
According to the criminal complaint, “Try2Check” accepted bitcoin in exchange for allowing a cybercriminal to verify if a stolen credit card number was authentic and/or active. That way, the cybercriminal could decide if and how they could use the stolen credit card number to monetize their theft. “Try2Check” offered impressive bulk searches and a smooth application programming interface (API) while only charging 14 cents worth of bitcoin per “check.”
As set forth in the indictment – and visualized in TRM below – there were incoming and outgoing transactions with centralized exchanges to the Try2Check addresses.
The U.S. State Department is offering a $10,000,000 reward for information leading to the arrest or conviction of Kulkov, and a separate $1,000,000 reward for information leading to other key leaders of the Try2Check platform.
TRM Labs recognizes the dedication and coordinated efforts of U.S. law enforcement working with Europol, German and Austrian partners to take down Try2Check’s website and create a safer financial system for all.
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