The Romanian town of Râmnicu Vâlcea has been dubbed “Hackerville” due to the large number of online criminals purported to live there. cod_gabriel In recent years, Romania has earned quite a reputation in the online scam world. (So much so that Wired magazine devoted an entire feature to Romania’s “Hackerville” in January 2011.) Typically, those scams involve cars being posted on Craigslist, eBay, or another website at absurdly low prices and, after a victim pays a small fee—you guessed it—it turns out there’s no car at all. But now it seems that at least some of those criminals have drawn the ire of the American legal system. On Thursday, the FBI and the United States Department of Justice unsealed federal charges against Nicolae Popescu, described by American authorities as “the leader of an international organized crime syndicate that ran a multimillion dollar cyber fraud scheme.” The charges also include five other Romanians and one Albanian, who the government alleges netted a total of $3 million by conducting fraudulent transactions on eBay,, and other online sites.     

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