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Ukraine: carders

Date: June 04, 2004
Source: Computer Crime Research Center
By: Dmitri Kramarenko

As CCRC informed, in Odessa, Ukraine, officers of Organized Crime Department arrested three young men attempting to illegally withdraw big sum of money from the accounts of the world famous bank through an ATM using counterfeit plastic cards.

According to initial data, malefactors repeatedly withdrew big sums from accounts by using access to accounts of one of foreign banks, having stolen more than half million USD. "Hackers" withdrew 10-40 thousand USD from accounts of their victims per one time. 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. Besides law enforcement seized a device designed for plotting information to magnetic streaks of the cards.

Odessa region Police investigative office plans to bring a criminal case on criminal activity using counterfeit payment cards as a mean to access bank accounts to the court by mid-July, informed Alexei Orlov, Investigative Office at Odessa Police Department the First Deputy Chief and Special Crimes Unit Chief.

He said that the indictment will be in its final formulation by the moment of delivery to regional prosecutor's office. At present it is based on the fact that carders were detained trying to withdraw money from a bank account using counterfeit cards, said Alexei Orlov.

"Criminal Research Center at Police Office has already completed an examination of the first 240 counterfeit cards and confirmed the fact that criminals used these cards. Now payment cards are delivered to Forensic Research Institute at the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine", hr outlined. He marked out that 200 more cards and equipment seized from the suspects are being examined in the Ministry.

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