Incident for Kwamaine Ford 2018-04-17

First Name Kwamaine
Other Name Jerell
Last Name Ford
DOB Unknown
Age 27
Gender male
Location US
Information Beginning in at least March 2015, Ford targeted college and professional athletes, including NBA and NFL players, and rappers in a “phishing” scheme. Phishing is a scheme in which the perpetrator sends a message that purports to be from a legitimate source in the hopes of securing personal information of a potential victim. Ford sent thousands of phishing emails to victims from email accounts he set up to spoof legitimate Apple customer service accounts. Ford, posing as an Apple customer support representative, requested that the victims send him their username and password or answers to security challenge questions, which Ford claimed was needed either to reset their Apple accounts or to access videos that individuals were purportedly trying to send the victims. More than 100 victims provided their login credentials for Apple accounts based on the phishing scheme. After obtaining the victims’ passwords, Ford gained complete control over the victim accounts by resetting the account passwords and changing the victims’ credentials and contact information. As a result, the victims could not log into their own accounts unless they contacted Apple by phone and proved their identity. Apple records showed hundreds of unauthorized logins to victim Apple accounts. After gaining control of the victims’ Apple accounts, Ford found credit card information belonging to several victims. Ford then used the stolen credit card numbers to spend $322,567 over a three-year period, including thousands of dollars in flights, car travel, hotels, retail purchases, restaurants, and cash transfers to his online financial accounts.
Pending Outcome No
Damages Costs Unknown
Date Of Crime 2015-01-01
Crime(s) Hacking Data theft Fraud
Sector(s) private
Motovation(s) profit
Victim(s) Apple
Charge(s) Computer fraud Aggravated identity theft
Authorities FBI
Authorities Statement view
Prosecutors Byung J. BJay Pak Nathan P. Kitchens
Judges Timothy C. Batten
Plea Yes
Plea Date 2019-03-28
Plea Info guilty
Convicted Yes
Convicted Date 2019-03-28
Sentenced Yes
Sentenced Date 2019-06-18
Sentenced Information
Sentenced Jail Yes
Sentenced Months 37
Sentenced Probation Yes
Sentenced Probation Months 12
Restitution Yes
Restitution Amount 697270