Major Credit Card Skimming Scheme Uncovered

A major credit card skimming scheme is uncovered during an interstate traffic stop.

A Douglas County Sheriff’s K-9 unit stopped a Chevy Tahoe on November 15th. Two men arrested after investigators find $140,000 cash and much more.

During a federal bail hearing for Vahe Akopyan of Glendale, California, a Secret Service agent revealed elaborate credit card skimming devices were found. Most of the items hidden in a spare tire.

The devices called skimmers can be attached to gas pumps or ATMs. The skimming devices included remote or wireless access.

Agents downloading information from those devices discover evidence of 8,000 credit cards compromised. The customers were in Kentucky, Indiana, Illinois and Council Bluffs, Iowa. Also records indicate 71 credit cards skimmed in the St. Louis area.

An encoder device was also seized. It was use to download credit card information on to 59 gift cards that can be used like credit cards.

After a hearing on bail federal judge FA Gossett released Akopyan on bond citing his lack of a criminal record.

A second suspect awaits a similar hearing.

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