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Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Flash mob bank ATM robbery..

New York it seems had a flash mob of get the money street thugs swooping up cash in the tune of $45 million dollars. "Tech experts hacked into the system of an Indian company that processes prepaid debit cards. Targeting prepaid MasterCards issued by the United Arab Emirates’ RakBank (National Bank of Ras Al-Khaimah), they raised or eliminated withdrawal limits. Then they sent out the account numbers — five, in all — to operatives in 20 different countries, who encoded the data onto magnetic-stripe cards. With cards in hand, the global network of “cashing crews” made 4,500 ATM transactions amounting to $5 million worldwide, which wound up getting laundered via luxury purchases, such as Rolexes and pricey cars."

 An arrest warrant for one of the suspect was issued based on images from a surveillance camera. The suspect was seen withdrawing money from several machines. The suspect was wearing a black sock cap with the name Domino Pizza. The suspect was employed by the pizza chain according to the arrest warrant..go figure..

 This appears to be a copycat scheme frome a 2009 heist. In 2009 over $9 millions were taken from over 2,100 ATMs in 26 cities. A year later, "VIKTOR PLESHCHUK, 28, of St. Petersburg, Russia; SERGEI TŠURIKOV, 25, of Tallinn, Estonia; and OLEG COVELIN, 28, of Chişinău, Moldova, along with an unidentified individual, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, wire fraud, conspiracy to commit computer fraud, computer fraud, and aggravated identity theft. IGOR GRUDIJEV, 31, RONALD TSOI, 31, EVELIN TSOI, 20, and MIHHAIL JEVGENOV, 33, each of Tallinn, Estonia, have been indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of access device fraud, "according to the FBI page.

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