Category Archives: Crime

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 »

Russian Hacker Went From Poverty To Making Millions In Stolen Credit Cards. Now He’s Facing 27 Years In Prison

By | April 22, 2017

Born almost dirt-poor in Russia’s Far East, Roman Valerevich Seleznev still turned himself into a multi-millionaire by being one of the best in his field. That field, however, was stealing and selling credit card data. On Friday, in a Seattle federal courtroom, before a judge sentenced Seleznev to 27 years in prison, his attorney and prosecutors recounted his… Read More »

Brussels Prosecutors Investigate Congolese Passport Deal

By | April 20, 2017

Brussels prosecutors are investigating a deal between Belgian company Semlex and the Democratic Republic of Congo to supply biometric passports, a spokesman for the prosecutors’ office said on Thursday. He said the investigation had started in early 2017 but declined to give any further details. A Reuters special report last week showed that $60 of the price of… Read More »

USA – Fugitive Pleads Guilty In $200 Million Credit Card Fraud Scam

By | April 18, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. – A New York man today admitted his role in one of the largest credit card fraud schemes ever charged by the Justice Department, Acting U.S. Attorney William E. Fitzpatrick announced. Habib Chaudhry, 49, of Valley Stream, New York, pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to Count One of… Read More »

Middle Easterners Issued 10,000 Fake Venezuelan Passports, Official Says

By | April 18, 2017

Venezuela illegally issued nearly 10,000 false passports to Middle Eastern citizens former director of the country’s migration office Colonel Vladimir Medrano Rengifo told a Florida-based Spanish language newspaper. Many of the fake passports and visas were distributed through Venezuela’s embassy in Damascus, the capital of Syria. “Today we don’t know where these people are, nor what they are doing,”… Read More »

Fake Passport Row: CBI Files FIR Against MEA Officials

By | April 18, 2017

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed an FIR against unknown officials from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for issuing fake passports to 12 people. The FIR report states that the CBI received a tip-off that unknown MEA officials have committed criminal misconduct by abusing their official position as public servant and entered into a criminal… Read More »

Shoney’s Might Be Latest Victim Of Credit Card Breach

By | April 17, 2017

Multiple sources in the financial industry have found a pattern of fraud on customer cards, with the latest victim of a breach looking to be Shoney’s, a 70-year-old restaurant chain that operates primarily in the southern United States. Krebson Security reports that the privately held restaurant chain includes approximately 150 company-owned and franchised locations in 17 states, from Maryland… Read More »

India – Debit Card Fraud: Bulgarian National Arrested For Using Cloned Card at ATM

By | April 16, 2017

The cyber cell of the Mumbai police Saturday arrested a Bulgarian national for allegedly trying to use a cloned debit card to withdraw cash from an ATM in Juhu. The accused, who had come to the city on a tourist visa nearly a month back, was tracked down on the basis of CCTV footage. The police are now… Read More »

India – Dear Mumbaikar, Here’s Why You Should Not Reveal Card Details Over Phone

By | April 15, 2017

Mumbai: In yet another instance of cyber fraud in the city, a 52-year-old man from Ghatkopar was duped of nearly Rs 3 lakh by an unknown person. The accused withdrew the victim’s money from his bank account through online shopping, PayTm etc. The victim, Arun Kamble, a resident of Nalanda, Ghatkopar, received a phone call from an unknown… Read More »

Trinidad and Tobago – Cops Crack Card Skimming Ring

By | April 15, 2017

A massive operation by Fraud Squad on Thursday led to the arrest and charges against three people in connection with multi-million dollar credit card fraud, card skimming and phishing ring activity across the country. The trio, Akeil Sullivan and Jenna John, of Embaccadere, San Fernando and Melissa Carrington, of Lady Hailes Avenue, San Fernando, were charged yesterday by… Read More »