280,000 Estonian fraudster customers may be left without an Internet address

Next week, the United States ICANN domain administrative agency will terminate the contract with the domain registrar EstDomains, which is owned by an Estonian citizen convicted in the spring for Internet crimes and money laundering.

According to the US administrative agency, the Estonian company EstDomain has approximately 281,000 domains at its disposal.

Database can be erased

On October 28, ICANN sent a letter to EstDomain President Vladimir Chashchin informing him that the reason for termination of the contract was to condemn Chashchina for credit card fraud, money laundering and forgery of documents.

Currently, EstDomain offers, for example, .com, .net, .org, and .eu domains.

ICANN offers Chashchin the opportunity to safely transfer all domains to another administrator and is waiting for the corresponding EstDomain offers by November 6th.

However, there are suspicions that Chashchin will not move domains and delete the entire database.

For many site owners, this means that the address will have to be registered again. This in turn will entail the danger that someone else can register the same domain again as the previous owner.

The page is linked to Esthost, registered at: Tartu Central Post Office, PO Box 12, and Vladimir Chaschin is listed as the contact person.

Cheated banks for a million crowns

Last spring, the Tartu County Court found Chaschina guilty of paperwork, computer fraud and illegal business.

In the aggregate of the above acts, the court sentenced Chashchina to six years in prison, of which the longest remained – 3 years. Of the three years, Chashchin should actually serve six months, and the rest of the term should be conditional.

According to the prosecution, Chashchin used a fake document about ten times to carry out various operations in various foreign banks. For example, he used false data to open bank accounts and when leasing business equipment.

Vladimir Chashchina is also accused of having received a property profit together with an unidentified person during the preliminary investigation by invading the data processing process by illegally entering the data.

To use settlement accounts and the Internet bank U-Net, Chashchin and his accomplice in 2001 opened settlement accounts for five different names, received debit cards and signed contracts for joining U-Net together with password cards in Eesti Ühispank offices in Tartu and Narva . They also opened a current account and bank cards with Hansapank for one name.

Taking possession of Eesti Ühispank payment account numbers issued to someone else’s name, as well as debit cards associated with a checking account, U-Net password cards, user names and passwords, Vladimir Chaschin issued to U-Net on behalf of U-card account holders, those. virtual bank cards.

Then, Chashchin transmitted electronically via ICQ messenger U-card data to a certain Mikhail, who used these cards to conduct virtually failed transactions in the US online store for more than 1.3 million kroons.

Money was withdrawn repeatedly from other people’s accounts at an ATM.


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