Five New York Men Charged for Large-Scale Credit Card Scheme
Five men in New York are facing trial for aggravated identity theft and conspiracy to commit access device fraud stemming from a credit card scheme that spanned from April 2013 to April 2014.
The five men in question bought the account information for over 150 credit cards, which they then used to create new cards for the accounts and make purchases under other people’s names. The card numbers came from a “carding” website, where identity thieves go to buy and sell credit card account numbers.
In total, the group racked up more than $500,000 in unauthorized purchases on the stolen accounts. Each member of the group faces up to 9 1/2 years in prison, plus potential repayment for their purchases. Four of the five men are under the age of 25.
The U.S. Secret Service played an active role in investigating the case.
“As today’s technology continues to evolve, cybercriminals use these advances and enhancements to perpetrate an expanding range of crimes,” said Acting Special Agent-in-Charge Brian A. Swain. “The Secret Service is committed to deploying cutting edge investigative practices and technology in order to bring these offenders to justice.”