Looters Steal Credit Cards, Valuables from Malaysia Airlines Victims

July 21, 2014, Written By Bill Hardekopf

The crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 is now being looted by locals. According to reports, thieves have already taken credit cards, jewelry and cash from the victims.

The horrific tragedy already cost the lives of 295 innocent victims. Now looting is taking place for all their valuables. Not only does this pose an issue to officers conducting the investigation, but it also threatens the families who lost their loved ones in the crash.

Investigators and security officers were unable to rope off the crash site in time to fully secure the evidence, causing mass chaos on the scene. Credit cards were a favorite among the looters, presumably because they will soon be used for unauthorized purchases.

“There isn’t a single cellphone, wallet with money or camera to be found in any handbag or on the bodies,” said a photojournalist on the site. “It’s like they all mysteriously disappeared overnight.”

Anton Gerashchenko, an adviser to Ukraine’s interior minister, posted the following on Facebook: “I have just now received information That Terrorists – Death-hunters collecting Were not Only Cash money and Jewelry of the crashed Boing [sic] passengers died but Also the credit cards of the Victims. Currently They might as well TRY to use Them in Ukraine or Pass Them on to Russia. My humble Request to the Relatives of the Victims to Freeze Their credit cards, so That They will not loose Their assets to Terrorists!”

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Bill Hardekopf is the CEO of LowCards.com and covers the credit card industry from all perspectives. Bill has been involved with personal finance for over 15 years. He is a frequent contributor to Forbes, The Street and The Christian Science Monitor.
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