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5 ways thieves steal credit card data

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Suspect: the rest of the criminal crew
Suspect: 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 $20 to $40 a pop, says Urban. Harry the Hacker and Phishing Phil will get $5 to $10 a card and often sell the information online at the eBay of credit card activity. 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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