Wednesday, February 8, 2023 | Back issues
Courthouse News Service Courthouse News Service

Stolen Data Cost It $1.3M, Company Says

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. (CN) - A Web-based business claims a "partner" it hired to provide leads on commission cost it more than $1.3 million by submitting "tens of thousands" of fraudulent leads it got through "stolen and unauthorized credit card data." Viable Marketing Corp. sued Intermark Media dba Copeac in Federal Court.

Viable says it hired nonparty PartnerWeekly to provide it leads, for which PartnerWeekly was to get $40 apiece, and PartnerWeekly in turn hired Copeac, which was to get $33 per "viable lead."

Viable says it paid Copeac more than $100,000 in commissions before it realized it was being defrauded, and says it's had to pay $1.3 million to angry consumers.

Viable claims Copeac admitted to PartnerWeekly that it received payment for at least 4,800 fraudulent leads. But Viable says Copeac submitted more than 27,000 fraudulent leads, "at least 10,000 of which proceeded to the stage of credit card processing."

Viable says Intermark is based in Woodbury, N.Y. Viable is represented by Andrew Lustigman of Manhattan.

Read the Top 8

Sign up for the Top 8, a roundup of the day's top stories delivered directly to your inbox Monday through Friday.