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From: Henry Brown (hbrownknology.net)
Date: Thu May 14 2009 - 04:21:39 CDT
Federal officials seize identity theft kit
Federal officials in Anchorage have seized a package containing
thousands of counterfeit credit card logos and driver's license seals,
according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The express-sent
package, intercepted in late April, was sent from Hong Kong and
contained more than 36,000 counterfeit Visa and MasterCard holograms and
10,000 counterfeit Department of Motor Vehicle seals used in Alberta.
The goods were hidden inside a computer tower, officials said.
Federal investigators said the illegal holograms, when combined with
stolen account information, allow criminals to manufacture credit cards
and driver's licenses that are almost indistinguishable from real ones.
Such fake documents are major components used in bank fraud and identity
theft, they said.
The documents could also help criminals enter the country to continue
their illegal activities, officials said.
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