Bulgaria Credit Card Data Thieves Hold University Degrees

Crime | November 18, 2009, Wednesday // 15:29|  views

The eight Bulgarians who have been busted over a scheme for stealing credit card information in Austria and Poland are highly intelligent and hold university degrees.

This has been announced Wednesday by the Plovdiv Regional Prosecutor Ivan Daskalov as quoted by Radio Plovdiv.

Six Bulgarians were busted in the southern cities of Plovdiv, Yambol and Burgas, and two more were arrested in Poland Tuesday in a joint operation of EUROPOL, and the police authorities in Austria, Bulgaria, and Poland.

Prosecutor Daskalov said it was still unclear how much money the group managed to steal through its complex credit card info theft scheme. The group had been followed by the police around Europe for months.

The boss of the organized crime group is 37 years old and is from the southern Bulgarian city of Plovdiv.

The Bulgarian police have seized a mass quantity of electronic equipment including readers and matrices for their building, digital micro-cameras, external hard disks, skimming devices.

The police also found two labs for the creation of skimming devices located in the Plovdiv District. None of the detainees is reported to have had any criminal record before their Tuesday’s arrest. The investigation continues.

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Tags: credit cards, credit card theft, Plovdiv, Austria, Poland, Europol, police, special operation


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