Australian authorities sentenced a Canadian backpacker to pay a fine, along with restitution to the victim, for buying stolen credit card information on the dark web and using the data to book a holiday resort.
On May 22, the prosecution formally charged the 18-year-old Nathanial Meryk Bell with two counts of fraud, and one count each of attempted fraud and possessing equipment for the purpose of committing an offense. According to the court documents, the defendant used a 42-year-old New South Wales man’s credit card information, which Bell allegedly bought from the dark web, to book a holiday resort in Hastings Street, Noosa, Australia. However, when the victim noticed discrepancies on his credit card statement, he immediately notified his bank and the resort. Since the 42-year-old man discovered the suspicious activity on his statement in a timely manner, the resort staff were able to call