e-fencing

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

e- +‎ fencing

Noun[edit]

e-fencing (uncountable)

  1. Fencing though the use of the internet to sell stolen merchandise.
    • 2005 Dec 14, “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 11/3, “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 Aug 26, “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.