Police crack massive credit-card racket

An international ring of credit-card fraudsters, alleged to have swindled hundreds of thousands of euros from banks in Europe and Asia, has been broken, police in northern Greece said yesterday after arresting 13 suspects. Officers said suspects in the Halkidiki-based ring were put under surveillance two months ago after one allegedly threw a batch of blank police ID cards in the trash. According to police, the ring members procured credit-card data from the Internet which they then used to issue fake credit cards and police ID cards. These cards were then allegedly sold for 100 euros each or used by members for purchases. The suspected ringleader is a 52-year-old native of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM). The rest are nationals of FYROM and Bulgaria and two Greeks. Dozens of cards were seized from four apartments in Halkidiki.