e-fencing

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

e- +‎ fencing

NounEdit

e-fencing ‎(uncountable)

  1. Online fencing: the use of the Internet to sell stolen merchandise.
    • 2005, “More shoppers finding a real steal online.”, Daily Herald:
      FBI spokeswoman Cathy Milhoan says the bureau is aware of the problem. "We do recognize e-fencing as an ongoing issue," she says.
    • 2006, “NRF alerts retailers to e-fencing, gift card fraud”, Home Textiles Today:
      Two new types of retail theft are gaining traction, thanks to the ubiquitous spread of technology, according to the National Retail Federation, which reports that e-fencing and gift card fraud are on the rise.
    • 2008, “Thieves turn to online auction sites to move stolen goods”, Virginian-Pilot:
      Scott, the Newport News Democrat who chairs the House subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security, has heard from merchants for years about the growing problem of e-fencing.