Pretty Wild: Man’s elaborate gift card scam nets lavish life, finally unravels

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Scams are everywhere these days and depending on who or what is behind them they may be pretty elaborate. Wired lays out the telling story of a Ukranian man arrested; charged, and now will spend upwards of 9 years in prison for a wild scam that netted him a lavish lifestyle.

It’s pretty wild that Volodymyr Kvashuk managed to swindle Microsoft through apparently its own systems. As a then employee (dating back to 2017 and 2018) he wasn’t able to send products directly to himself but could do it on company time and company premises. However, he then apparently figured out that there was nothing stopping him from ordering gift cards himself.

The discovery led to what could’ve been a humungous windfall for Kvashuk who went on to buy everything from a Tesla worth more than $160,000 to a huge waterfront mansion home. It wasn’t until Microsoft started to wonder what was going on that he was actually caught and arrested. He was fired in 2018 after Microsoft made the discovery and fined upwards of $8.3m in restitution.


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