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May 26, 2011

  • News:  FL Man Faces Card Fraud In NC 

    Police in Asheville, North Carolina are working in conjunction with the U.S. Secret Service and have filed additional charges on Tuesday against a Florida man who is involved in a multi-state crime spree involving the theft of credit card information. According to warrants on file at the Buncombe County Magistrate's office, Abe Nassar of Brandon Florida currently faces 22 charges that include financial credit card fraud, financial card forgery, financial credit card theft and criminal receipt of goods or services.

    On April 20 a purchase was made with stolen card information. It appears Nassar was buying cigarettes in order to resell them for a profit. On Monday, he was charged with financial credit card fraud after allegedly buying cigarettes valued at $1,027.86 from the Stop-N-Go store in Black Mountain. He is being held at the Buncombe County Detention Facility under $200,000 bond. Loay Mausa Ammar was also charged Monday in connection with this case. He was charged with financial credit card fraud but later released.

    The Asheville police department's part in this case is finished. The fraud is much bigger than the Asheville area making it necessary for the Secret Service to handle the ongoing investigation. They declined to give details about how the card information was being stolen, as there are potentially more charges and more suspects, including federal indictments coming. Crimes like computer hacking, counterfeit cards and skimming fall under the responsibility of the Secret Service. Skimming happens when a corrupt employee takes information from a customer's card with the intent to fraudulently use the information or sell it on line. It involves small devices used to capture the magnetic stripe on a credit card in order to get the card number. Criminals involved in this type of operation tend to travel so it can be difficult to pin them down.

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