Cloned card gang face jail

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A MALLORCA credit card cloning gang faces a total 41 years in prison after a €45,000 scam.

PALMA’S Prosecutors Office is demanding the jail term for the three Romanians who allegedly operated a criminal scheme between November 2006 and May 2007.

Prosecutors say that the gang installed small devices in cash machines to steal information held on cash and credit card magnetic strips.

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They would then ‘clone’ the cards and use them to buy tobacco, clothes and jewellery. Their ill-gotten gains were then smuggled off the island to be sold on the black market.

A police raid on a flat at Palma’s Augusta urbanisation discovered cloned card manufacturing equipment including card readers and presses. 

Three gang members were allegedly caught with merchandise while embarking on a Barcelona-bound ship. The trial, which was supposed to start at Palma Provincial Court on Tuesday, was postponed until May due to the absence of two defendants.  A warrant for the arrest of one of them has been issued.


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