The company called Artfulbits created a multi-million dollar fraudulent medical marijuana evaluations scam in the USA but it was not the first experience scamming people in the United States.
ATM hacks and dating scams, spamming- what they do for a long time. Also, this criminal group is hitting the scene, specializing in mobile threats and POS attacks.
Artfulbits created http://www.mmjdoctoronline.com also known as www.420evaluationsonline.com This website granted criminals with access to personal and credit card information of thousands of patients in the USA (most patients from California).
Medical Marijuana is a legal drug in California. All you need to get access to medical marijuana is a doctor`s recommendation. In case of approval, the patient receives an mmj card which he or she can use to obtain medical cannabis from a licensed dispensary. As we mentioned in our previous articles after the investigation of all online accounts we found out that this scam was created by a person named Kirill Brezanski (Belarus). ( You can verify this information by researching backlinks of 420evaluationsonline.com ). With help of Google team, we were able to identify Brezanski`s partners who created mmjdoctoronline.com and 420evaluationsonline.com with his help. Kirill Brezanski in cooperation with Igor Voryk and Oleksandr Kucherenko (www.artfulbits.com/contacts/) have created a multi-million dollar fraud.
By signing up at mmjdoctoronline or 420evaluationsonline patients are sharing personal and credit card information which are being sold at different black market platforms like SilkRoad, AlphaBay, DreamMarket and etc.
The most interesting part of this story – patients who signed up at mmjdoctoronline and 420 evaluationsonline – have no idea that they were scammed. The basic idea of scammers is to collect personal information so that victim doe not suspect anything. In the end, the victim gets medical marijuana card – the fake card with fake signature – because you never speak to a licensed Doctor. We talked to some doctors from whom they stole signatures and doctors confirmed that they never signed these recommendations and never worked for this scam.
Also, while financial fraud is still a big earner — accounting for $426 million — it’s being surpassed by the simple buying and selling of credit card data. The carding business brought in millions of dollars to this criminal group.
All of this is evidence of the growing sophistication of the Ukrainian cybercrime industry. (Group-IB defines this as “the market of computer crimes committed by Russian citizens, by citizens of the [countries in the Commonwealth of the Independent States, created when the Soviet Union was dissolved] and the Baltic states, as well as by citizens of other countries from the former Soviet Union.”)
The market for stolen credit card data in the last 10 years has finally been structured and now features mass automated distribution channels in the form of electronic trading platforms.
Do not get fooled by scammers! Any business that is asking for your personal information should be verified first!
To verify any business in California use Secretary of State website:
To verify any doctor or medical clinic use the medical board of California website:
Notes: By the time we published this article some social accounts were deleted but we had a chance to copy some friends and family info so we will be digging more info from family and friends profiles later, stay tuned)