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Tuesday, 29 March 2011 11:30

Farmville and WoW are money laundering operations

Written by Nick Farell
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Aussie coppers worry about new crime trend
Online games such as FarmVille and World of Warcraft are being used by criminals to launder dirty money money, according to New South Wales coppers.

Apparently criminals have discovered that buying and selling virtual items is a growing new way of cleaning dirty money. NSW Police Detective Superintendent Commander Colin Dyson it was a "relatively new" trend provided an "emerging opportunity for criminals".

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, police were looking into how  criminals are exploiting that Internet opportunity. Dyson said criminals were using online virtual worlds to communicate and transfer funds around the world.

So if a dwarf comes up to you and offers to flog you a dodgy hammer, or wants you to go on a bank raid which does not involve magic or a dragon you will know why.

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Nick Farell

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+13 #1 dimz 2011-03-29 12:46
So ganks are in reality mob hits? :eek: Oooh :P
 
 
-1 #2 Fud_u 2011-03-30 03:17
@ "Apparently criminals have discovered that buying and selling virtual items is a growing new way of cleaning dirty money."

So they sell drugs online now? Wonder how they manage to convert real drugs/money into virtual one and then trade it for real money again. I'm confused just writing that line.
 
 
0 #3 Fud_u 2011-03-30 03:18
Quoting dimz:
So ganks are in reality mob hits? :eek: Oooh :P


That explains why I was being ganked every few min or so.
 

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