FBI raids wrong home, searching for WoW goldMay 2, 2011
Records that have been made public at this stage show that the agents executed a search warrant at 8:45am March 30th, seizing laptops, hard drives, gaming consoles, credit cards, a mobile phone, paperwork and other computer equipment. For a student, we imagine this is quite a frustrating experience.
According to the FBI, “at least one person” at the address is believed to be engaged in a scheme using fraudulent bank accounts to buy and sell in-game gold. The investigators were looking for any records of online transactions relating to World of Warcraft, Blizzard, a Chinese-based gold-farming website, and a number of online banking websites and auction houses.
The apartment, home to two male students at the University of Michigan, believe the FBI have the wrong people as neither of them play WoW.
“They thought we were involved in some kind of fraud. I’m pretty sure they have the wrong people, but they took all my stuff.”
Both men – who cannot be named as they have not actually been charged with a crime – are exploring their legal options with student services.
Source: Ann Arbor.com