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Online fraudster arrested in Larnaca

LARNACA District court issued an eight-day remand on Friday against a 39-year-old Cypriot who was arrested on Thursday in connection with credit card fraud and online purchases worth €3,877.

The court heard that 35 credit cards issued by American banks were used on various websites.

Between June 16-22, a total of 96 transactions were attempted with stolen credit card data amounting to €52,709, but only six of those were successful for €3,877.

The six successful transactions were for orders of various electronic goods from a particular store, the payment of two EAC electricity bills in Larnaca, the purchase of two mobile phones, and a payment to a transport company.

The person who received payment for the mobile phones worth €818 in Nicosia, gave the suspect’s name as a buyer and the goods delivered to his apartment in Larnaca. The same happened for purchases of €1,992 for electrical items from a shop in Larnaca.

According to police, on Thursday afternoon, a member of the risk management unit at payment clearing house JCC Systems, who coordinates the investigations concerning suspect credit card transactions in Cyprus, informed Larnaca’s CID of the fraudulent use of cards to online merchants.

Subsequently, the Larnaca district court issued an arrest warrant for the 39-year-old and a search warrant for his apartment in Larnaca.

The suspect was identified and arrested in his apartment for offenses related to computer-related fraud, obstruction and combating of income from illegal activities, and obtaining of goods with false representations.

In his apartment, police found and confiscated a TV, two mobile phones, a portable computer, a notebook, an invoice from the company where the mobile phones were bought and various bank cards issued in the name of the suspect, as well as in another name.

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