“Money mules” are people who are used to transport and launder stolen money or some kind of merchandise. Criminals may even recruit money mules to use stolen credit card information. Individuals being used as money mules may be willing participants; however, many money mules are not aware that they are being used to commit fraud. The individuals being used as money mules are not the only victims; the larger scheme is designed to extract money from an organization or from other people.
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Additional information on fraudulent schemes may be found on the following websites:
Internet Crime Schemes: https://www.ic3.gov/Home/ComplaintChoice
FBI Money Mule Public Service Announcement: http://www.ic3.gov/media/2009/090203.aspx
United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team: https://www.cisa.gov/sites/default/files/publications/money_mules.pdf