Category Archives: Crime

USA – 1,000-plus card-fraud cases reported in 2016 in Midlands, why you could be next

By | June 18, 2017

Three men recently purchased $7,000 in liquor and wine at a Columbia store using credit cards that investigators say were cloned. The men on April 11 entered Sam’s Wine and Spirits on Killian Road, loaded up their carts and paid for their merchandise using credit cards that were cloned from someone else’s card and account information, according to… Read More »

Zimbabwe: Fake ID Card Printing Ring Busted

By | June 14, 2017

Police have arrested people in Harare who were allegedly printing fake national identity documents and the suspects will appear in court soon. In a statement yesterday, the Registrar-General’s Office said the system was alert to any shenanigans. “The Registrar-General security got a tip off about criminals who are printing fake national identity documents and sought the assistance of… Read More »

Network Of Payment Card Fraudsters Dismantled: 3 000 Victims Lost At Least Eur 500 000

By | June 13, 2017

A successful operation that took down an international criminal network of payment card fraudsters was carried out by Central Investigating Judge number 5, the Public Prosecution Office at the Audiencia Nacional and National Police of Spain, and the General Directorate Combating Organized Crime in Bulgaria, with the support of Eurojust and Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3). As a… Read More »

Nigeria – Police Recover Stolen Old National ID Cards

By | June 10, 2017

The Police have recovered the 4,555 old national identity cards allegedly stolen from a store house used by the National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) in Calabar, Cross River State was recently. At least four suspects who masterminded the burglary have been arrested by the police and are undergoing interrogation. A statement by The store Spokesperson of the Commission,… Read More »

USA – Man who ran $9M credit card cybercrime ring is sentenced

By | June 9, 2017

A man who ran a $9 million stolen credit and debit card ring was sentenced Thursday to more than five years in prison. Angelo Virtucio, 31, of Quezon City, Philippines received a 63-month prison sentence and two years of supervised release from a judge sitting in federal court in Newark, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release.  Virtucio… Read More »

Singapore – British duo jailed for credit card fraud

By | June 9, 2017

A British duo, who were working for a syndicate, were each jailed for three years and four months on Friday (June 9) after using counterfeit credit cards to shop for luxury items in Singapore. Kent University undergraduate Neelima Ahmed, 21, and retail assistant Lorenzo Giacomo Dentamaro, 20, each pleaded guilty to four counts of being in possession of… Read More »

Nigeria – Police arrest four suspects carrying 4,555 National Identity Cards

By | June 6, 2017

The police in Cross River on Monday arrested four suspected thieves for unlawful possession of 4,555 National Identity Cards and 21 others who committed various offences, the Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, said. Mr. Inuwa, who made the development known when he addressed journalists in Calabar on Tuesday, said the suspects were arrested by personnel of the Police… Read More »

Japan – Apple Pay used in fraudulent ¥4.45 million cigarette-buying spree in Saitama

By | June 3, 2017

SAITAMA – A 29-year-old Chinese man has been indicted in what is being described as Japan’s first known fraud case linked to Apple Pay, the new mobile payment service. In March, four Chinese nationals allegedly used two iPhone 7s to purchase 981 cartons of cigarettes worth ¥4.45 million via Apple Pay at a convenience store in Saitama Prefecture… Read More »

USA – Counterfeit credit card ring based in Queens that stole $200K in goods is tied to street gang: DA

By | June 2, 2017

Eleven people have been charged this week for their alleged roles in a credit card fraud ring based in south Queens that prosecutors say is connected to a violent street gang, prosecutors announced on Friday. Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown said the suspects took stolen credit card information and embedded it onto phony Visa, MasterCard and American… Read More »

USA – August trial on for card-skimming defendants

By | May 30, 2017

JEFFERSON — An Aug. 14-15 trial remains on schedule for two Miami-area men charged with attempting to steal credit card informa­tion on a skimming de­vice planted at a Fort Atkinson gas station. Liandry Alfonso Palaez, 27, of Miami, Fla., and Yasmani Mo­leiro Sardinas, 26, of Hialeah, Fla., are two of three men arrested in November after a skimming… Read More »

UK contactless fraud increased by 150% in 2016

By | May 26, 2017

The amount of contactless payment fraud in the UK hit £7 million in 2016, up from £2.8 million in 2015. Contactless spending in the same period soared from £7.75 billion to £25.2 billion, according to research from Financial Fraud Action UK. Cards have a maximum spend of £30, but can be used at multiple terminals before the user… Read More »

USA – 13 Defendants, Many Linked to Local Street Gangs, Charged with Credit Card Skimming and Narcotics Trafficking

By | May 23, 2017

LOS ANGELES – Thirteen people, most of whom are linked to La Mirada- and Norwalk-based street gangs, have been charged in federal court in a bank fraud scheme involving “skimmed” credit cards, and in narcotics cases, one of which alleges a transaction involving over three kilograms of methamphetamine.           Authorities this morning arrested 11 of the defendants, the… Read More »

USA – Stockton woman sent prison in credit card fraud and identity theft scheme

By | May 18, 2017

Sequoia Valverde, 33, of Stockton, has been sentenced by U.S. District Judge Troy Nunley to three years and one month in prison for conspiracy to commit credit card fraud in connection with a scheme aimed at Target Redcard account holders across the United States, says U.S. Attorney Phillip Talbert. According to court documents, between March 2014 and September… Read More »

New York Man Sentenced For Credit Card Fraud

By | May 16, 2017

HARRISBURG- The United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania announced that Shavouy Paisley, age 25, of Queens, New York, was sentenced today by United States District Judge William W. Caldwell to 17 months’ imprisonment for credit card fraud. Paisley was convicted after a jury trial in September 2016, for conspiracy to possess 15 or more… Read More »

USA – More than 100 credit card numbers seized, suspects arrested

By | May 11, 2017

GRAPEVINE – Five people face an assortment of charges after police confiscated from hotel rooms more than 100 stolen credit card numbers and equipment to make fraudulent cards. Several grams of methamphetamine also were seized from a hotel room where suspects had been staying. “None of the stolen credit card numbers were local,” according to a police news release.… Read More »

Australia – NSW Police bust alleged Host Card Emulation fraud ring

By | May 3, 2017

NSW Police have arrested three men for allegedly using Host Card Emulation (HCE) to make fraudulent purchases. Police arrested two men yesterday in Sydney and one today. The men are alleged to be part of a group that employed HCE to make fraudulent purchases totalling $1.5 million. HCE allows phones to emulate tap-and-pay purchases credit and debit card… Read More »

Australia – Two arrested for $1.5 million ‘tap and pay’ fraud

By | May 2, 2017

Two men have been arrested for a $1.5 million fraud involving ‘tap and pay’ transactions across Sydney. Police raided homes at Greystanes, Rockdale, West Ryde, Bankstown and Ultimo, as well as a Camperdown storage facility, at 6am on Tuesday, May 2. Guns, replica pistols, prohibited drugs and fraudulent documents were seized. A West Ryde man, 22, and a Greystanes… Read More »

USA – Russian hacker receives 27 years in prison for widespread hacking, credit card fraud scheme

By | April 26, 2017

Roman Valeryevich Seleznev, a 32-year old Russian cybercriminal, was sentenced to 27 years in prison last week for defrauding various small businesses and financial institutions, causing more than $169 million in damages. Seleznev, known by the pseudonym Track2, was convicted in August of 38 counts related to hacking point-of-sale computers, stealing credit card information, and selling stolen data… Read More »

USA – Russian Hacker Receives 27-Year Prison Sentence for Payment Card Fraud

By | April 24, 2017

32-year-old Roman Valeryevich Seleznev was sentenced to 27 years in prison for various cyber crimes on Friday. This is the longest prison sentence the United States has ever handed out for hacking related charges, surpassing the former record of 20 years. In total, his crimes affected small businesses and financial institutions to the tune of over $169 million in damages.… Read More »

India – Bank executive held for card ‘fraud’

By | April 23, 2017

KOLKATA: Bidhannagar Police on Friday arrested a private bank employee in connection with credit card fraud. Two more accused, one of them an employee of the same bank, were arrested earlier this week. They duped the bank of Rs 18.18 lakh. Sources said accused Anupam Bhaumik and Sutirtha Saha are employees of the Salt Lake, BD block branch… Read More »