Archive for the ‘Theft’ Category

Data Skimming Ring Busted By Risk Management System

July 30, 2007

The scam worked like this: as they entered a store, one of the men distracted a clerk while the others swapped the store’s PIN-pad terminals with nearly identical devices that had been electronically altered to capture customers’ account numbers and PINs, a process that took as little as 12 seconds, according to a statement released July 13 by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Rhode Island. Several days later, the men returned to the store, replaced the original terminal, and made off with the altered one containing customers’ account information.”


Crook Reprograms ATM To Think $20s Are $1s

July 14, 2007

” Police in Derry, Pennsylvania are baffled by a June ATM robbery in which an unidentified man wearing flip flops and shorts strolled into Mastrorocco’s Market and reprogrammed the cash machine to think it was dispensing dollar bills instead of twenties. Along with a female accomplice, the crook netted $1,540 in two visits on June 19 and 20, according to store owner Vince Mastrorocco. “They came in, they hit me the first day — a man and a woman — and they cleaned me out,” Mastrorocco told THREAT LEVEL. “Then they came back the next day and cleaned me out again.””