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A New Variation On Money MulesMoney mules Money mules are a type of money laundering where a person transfers illicit funds through a medium (such as a bank account) to obfuscate where the money came from. There are different types of money mules including witting, unwitting, and complicit. – Receiving Cash!

$21K In Cash Sent To Richmond Address As Part Of Scam.

In two days, Richmond Virginia police recovered more than $21,000 in money related to a scam.

$21,000 in cash sent to a money mule

$21,000 in cash sent to a money muleMoney Mule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a courier service, or electronically, on behalf of others (usually criminals that they are knowingly or unknowingly affiliated). Typically, the mule is paid for services with a small part of the money transferred - but not always. Mules may or may not be aware that they are performing these actions. Money mules are often dupes recruited online for what they think is legitimate employment, not aware that the money they are transferring is the product of crime. The money is transferred from the mule's account to the scam operator, typically in another country. Similar techniques are used to transfer illegal merchandise. Mules can be prosecuted for numerous crimes.

Two women, one from Michigan and another from Pennsylvania, sent a total of $21,300 to a Richmond address believing it would get a loved one out of jail.

Richmond police said the scam targeted elderly people under the auspices of them paying bond money. One of the women sent $11,500 to the address.

Police said all the money was recovered and shared photos of several stacks of cash on social media.

Why Does This Matter?

Because This Is A Change In Scamming BehaviorBehavior   Behavior / Behavioral Actions Otherwise known as habits, behavior or behavioral actions are strategies to help prevent online exploitation that target behavior, such as social engineering of victims. Changing your behavior is the ONLY effective means to reduce or prevent scams.!

Victims are being asked to send cash instead of performing money transfers.

The recipient can be a muleMule A money mule sometimes called a "smurfer," is a person who transfers money acquired illegally (e.g., stolen) in person, through a co