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Virginia resident nabbed for credit card scheme

October 5, 2012

Stolen credit cards are an issue for both the rightful account holders and the businesses that accept the fraudulent payments.

Stolen credit cards are an issue for both the rightful account holders and the businesses that accept the fraudulent payments.

In one recent case, 54-year-old Ibrahiiima Doukoure of Greenbelt, Virginia, was convicted of being the ringleader of a scam that involved using stolen credit card numbers to purchase cartons of cigarettes. NVDaily.com reports that Doukoure was sentenced to a year in prison and may be at risk of being deported back to Guinea, where he is originally from. In an interview with the source, Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Lee said that Doukoure and two accomplices used a scheme to recode credit cards and use them for illegal purchases.

The men were brought to justice after an off-duty officer noticed their illegal merchant services-related scam at a gas station in Woodstock. Once authorities caught up with them three days later, a search of their vehicle revealed 45 stolen cards.

Other criminals the South have been caught for similar issues. The Press-Register reports that a man from Silverhill, Alabama, was convicted of skimming personal information from bank customers at an ATM machine.

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