WPD: Three members of credit card skimming ring arrested

WPD: Three members of credit card skimming ring arrested
Cisneros (left) Arostegui (middle) and Abdel (right) (Source: WPD)
Pictured is a credit card skimming panel. (Source: WECT)
Pictured is a credit card skimming panel. (Source: WECT)
People using ATMs are recorded through pinhole cameras. Skimmers can use those recordings to get PIN numbers. (Source: WECT)
People using ATMs are recorded through pinhole cameras. Skimmers can use those recordings to get PIN numbers. (Source: WECT)

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Wilmington Police Department has arrested three men who are allegedly part of a credit card skimming ring.

Ricardo David Abdel, 21, Diego Pablo Arostegui, 22, and Walter Enrique Correa Cisneros, 31, all from the Miami area, were arrested after a traffic stop at approximately 1:30 p.m. Monday in the 3300 block of Wrightsville Avenue.

Officials say that credit cards, pin numbers, debit card skimming devices, pinhole cameras and more than $9,000 in cash were found in the vehicle.

All three men were charged with obtaining property by false pretense, credit card fraud and identity theft, and were booked under $200,000 bonds.

According to the WPD, the Secret Service also is involved in the investigation and it is believed that the ring was operating across multiple states.

Pinhole cameras record customers swiping their cards and entering their PIN numbers on SD cards at ATMs.

Using a credit card skimmer, a person can enter the information from the SD card, put that data on a blank credit card and withdraw money at any ATM.

Criminals use cards like hotel room keys, blank gift cards and those used in mail solicitation to make the fake credit cards.

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