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Suspects: The rest of the criminal crew
Suspects: The rest of the criminal crew | Fredrik Telleus/Maskot/Getty Images

Suspects: The rest of the criminal crew

Modus operandi: So what happens to these pieces of data when they're in no-good hands? They get sold.

The waitress, trio or Gas Lass sells each swipe for about $12, according to Dell SecureWorks. Harry the Hacker and Phishing Phil will get $4 to $8 a card on the black market. The person who buys the information verifies it and then sells it to a person who creates fraudulent credit cards with your account information attached to it. The card maker then sells it to other criminals who buy goods such as stereos or baby formula and sells them to regular consumers.

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