Oct. 3, 2014

Bulgarian and Spanish police, working in close cooperation with Europol's European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) in The Hague, have busted a Bulgarian organised crime network suspected of a variety of crimes including large scale ATM skimming, electronic payment fraud and forgery of documents. Europol said on Wednesday.

In the action day on 30 September 2014, police searched 40 houses in Malaga in Spain as well as in the three Bulgarian cities of Sofia, Burgas, and Silistra. 26 suspects were arrested in Bulgaria and another five in Spain on September 30 as part of Operation Imperium.

Law enforcement officers dismantled eight criminal laboratories, including two very complex modern production sites for skimming equipment and counterfeit documents in Sofia and Malaga. More than 1000 devices, micro camera bars, card readers, magnetic strip readers and writers, computers, phones and flash drives, as well as plastic cards ready to be encoded were seized during the raids.

"Moreover officers found 3D printing equipment to produce fake plastic card slot bezels ready to be installed on ATMs," Europol said. Police officers also confiscated dozens of forged payment cards with records of PIN numbers.

The criminals used financial data from ATMs or point-of-sale terminals terminals in different areas of Europe (e.g. Italy, France, Spain, Germany, and Turkey) to create fake payment cards. The fake cards could then be used to withdraw large amounts of cash from ATMs outside the European Union (e.g. in Peru and the Philippines).


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G wrote at 10/4/2014 3:36:25 AM:

They need to blur our the Maker Bot Logo.... Like we have no way of telling what printer that is....

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