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* ATLANTA (9/15/09)--Two Bulgarian men pleaded guilty to using an ATM skimming device to steal bank debit card numbers and passwords, and tens of thousands of dollars from victims' accounts. Yordan Kavaklov, 29, was sentenced Thursday in a U.S. District Court in Atlanta to four and a half years in prison and to make restitution of $64,876. His co-defendant, Nikolay Nikolov, 23, will be sentenced later this month (Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sept. 10). They were arrested in November at an ATM after people noticed them using multiple cards for withdrawals from adjoining ATMs. They had stolen 80 gift cards with altered magnetic stripes with the passwords written on the face of the cards. Police found more than $57,000 in cash, mostly in $20 bills in their car and hotel room. The men would download information to skimming devices and send it to foreign e-mail accounts in Russia and Bulgaria. They then received information to load onto the magnetic stripes of the gift cards. Bulgarians with similar skimming scams have hit Australia, New Zealand and Greece (The Sofia Echo Sept. 4) … * KINGDOM CITY, Mo. (9/15/09)--A suspect in 14 robberies in six states was arrested Saturday in Kingdom City, Mo., after a former state trooper recognized him from media reports of a bank robbery in Caseyville, Ill., and from the "America's Most Wanted" television show. Chad E. Schaffner, 37, of Indianapolis was captured at a restaurant without incident. The robbery spree allegedly began on May 15 with the robbery of United Service CU in Fletcher, N.C. Schaffner was released from prison in December after serving time for armed robbery. His face also appeared on electronic billboards in Alabama, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia (Citizen-Times.com Sept. 14) … * DAYTON, Ohio (9/15/09)--Scam artists are sending simultaneous texts scams to family members' cell phones, according to an alert from John North, president/CEO of the Better Business Bureau (BBB). BBB received a call from a woman inquiring about text messages she and her husband received on their cell phones simultaneously from a four-digit number. The texts said, "We found a problem in your credit union account. Call urgently!" and left a number to call. A recorded message asked for a credit card number. The woman called to verify the message with her credit union, Day Air CU, Kettering, and was told the message was a scam. Day Air CU has posted a fraud alert message on its website saying it is not sending out such text messages. It won't ask for personal information via texting because it is not a secure channel for communication … * DETROIT (9/15/09)--Michigan's Metro West Chapter of Credit Unions, a chapter of the Michigan Credit Union League, has raised $14,000 for charities. The chapter's 17th annual golf outing to benefit a variety of charities and organizations was held in August in Northville and attracted more than 140 players. This year's $14,000 raised brings the total raised to more than $65,000 the past five years. All of the beneficiaries for this year's proceeds have not yet been named, said a press release …


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