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The U.S. Secret Service has issued a warning that criminal gangs that deploy stolen credit and debit cards are increasingly hedging their chances of getting caught carrying multiple counterfeit cards by relying on Fuze Cards, a FinTech that allows users to store dozens of cards on a single device.
After the user chooses the card data to be used, the card data is made available in the dynamic magnetic stripe on the back of the card or via the embedded smart chip. Fuze cards also can be used at ATMs to withdraw funds.
An internal memo the U.S. Secret Service shared with financial industry partners states that Secret Service field offices in New York and St. Louis are currently working criminal investigations where Fuze Cards have been used by fraud rings.
The memo, a copy of which was obtained by KrebsOnSecurity, states that card theft rings are using Fuze Cards to avoid raising suspicions that may arise when shuffling through multiple counterfeit cards at the register.
“The transaction may also appear as a declined transaction but the fraudster, with the push of a button, is changing the card numbers being used,” the memo notes.
Fraud rings often will purchase data on thousands of credit and debit cards stolen from hacked point-of-sale devices or obtained via physical card skimmers. The data can be encoded onto any card with a magnetic stripe, and then used to buy high-priced items at retail outlets — or to withdrawn funds from ATMs (if the fraudsters also have the cardholder’s PIN).
But getting caught holding dozens of counterfeit or stolen cards is tough to explain to authorities. Hence, the allure of the Fuze Card, which may appear to the casual observer to be just another credit card in one’s wallet.
With continued improvements in payments security through technologies such as P2PE and EMV, the PCI community has been effective at combating crime in a wide variety of financial institutions, retail environments and enterprises. As the use of stolen or fraudulent cards for in-person card present transactions becomes more difficult, criminals are shifting their focus to [...]
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