TORONTO, Jan. 24, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Integrated Counterfeit Enforcement Team (ICET) cracked a major credit
and debit card fraud ring on January 21, 2012. It is alleged the
organization was responsible for the theft of credit and debit card
data from unsuspecting victims throughout Canada. Investigators further
advise the ring was allegedly "cloning" Pin Pads at local merchants
throughout the GTA to obtain financial data. Data was then to be loaded
on to blank or overwritten payment cards and utilized to fraudulently
access cash from bank clients.
Debit and credit card losses attributed to fraud continue to remain at a
high dollar value. The RCMP reminds Canadians to be vigilant in
safeguarding their personal and financial information.
"With the assistance of York Regional Police Service, the ICET made
these arrests," stated Acting Inspector Henry Tso of GTA Commercial
Crime Unit. "Arrests such as these remain an important priority for
the RCMP and law enforcement around the globe."
Charged with unlawful possession of Credit Card Data, Traffic in Credit
Card Data and Commission of offence for criminal organization are Amine
Cherif (20), Michael Haddad (19), George Minadakis (20), Youssef
Akkouche (21) of Montreal, Hussein Eddine (24), Georges Ghossoub (19)
of Laval and Regis Carre (24) of Dollard Des Ormeaux, Quebec. All are
being held in custody awaiting a bail hearing scheduled for today at
the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket, Ontario.
FRAUD - Recognize it, Report it, Stop it!
SOURCE Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. Vance Morgan
GTA Commercial Crime Section
RCMP "O" Division
Office (905) 876-9526