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Odessa carders are still under investigation

Date: July 21, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Ludmila Goroshko

Plastic cards market grows ever-increasingly. Average pace of increase is 20-22% annually. The boom appeared after banks launched so-called salary projects that facilitated the process of getting salaries and companies applied it. At the same time the level of plastic crimes also increased.

As we informed, January 11, 2004, law enforcement officers of Odessa police department arrested three young men attempting to illegally withdraw a big sum of money from ATM with the help of counterfeit plastic cards. Malefactors repeatedly withdrew big sums from accounts using access to accounts of one of the foreign banks, managed to steal more than a half million USD. "Hackers" withdrew 10-40 thousand USD from accounts of their victims at once. A criminal case was initiated by fact of fraud. 61 counterfeit cards, 135 blanks, more than 20 thousand USD and more than 20 thousand UAH were seized from swindlers during search. Law enforcement also seized a device designed to plot information to magnetic streaks of the cards.

Suspects were charged with a huge theft (article 190 of the Criminal Code of Ukraine) and illegal actions with documents and payment cards to access bank accounts (article 200 of the Criminal Code)

According to UNIAN information agency, July 2003, a criminal case concerning Ukrainians that were related to the international criminal group of carders was brought to the investigation department of the Office of Public Prosecutor in Odessa region from police, First Deputy Prosecutor Mikhail Cherny informed.

He said that due to unusual character of this case, and also due to the fact that some law enforcement officers were under suspicion, investigation of this case would be conducted by the Office of Public Prosecutor.

Because of investigation suspects' names and size of damage brought by money withdrawals from ATMs of Privatbank, Aval and Citibank are not announced. At the moment law enforcement of Ukraine, Poland, Greece and Interpol are searching for the members of organized carder group, one of the chains of which were Odessa police officers .

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