Spain: Extensive Credit-Card-Copying Network Dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo June 16, 2010 A total of 178 individuals from twelve countries have been detained following the dismantlement of an extensive international network that forged credit cards, the Spanish police announced. The members of the network copied credit cards after having obtained their numbers and then withdrew money at ATMs and made purchases in stores, according to a statement by the police. The subgroups within the network’s complex structure, located in each country, “formed a mini-structure within the global framework of the organization and were subject to the overall strategic direction of the leaders at the top,” the police explained. “One hundred seventy-eight individuals have been detained, 84 searches have been conducted, and 11 forgery laboratories have been dismantled, belonging to a network that might have made over 20 million euros from its illicit activities,” the police statement specified. According to the police, the network was not only engaged in cloning credit cards, but also in “robbery, embezzlement, extortion, sexual exploitation, and money laundering.” “In Spain, 76 individuals have been arrested, 120,000 card numbers have been seized, and six laboratories for the cloning of credit cards have been dismantled, as well as a research-and-development laboratory in which 30 altered ATM card readers were found,” the police specified. At the same time, the police said that 30 individuals were detained in France, 16 in Rumania, 16 in Germany, 12 in Ireland, 8 in the United States, 7 in Italy, 4 in Hungary, 3 in Finland, 2 in Australia, 2 in Sweden, and 2 in Greece. However, the police did not specify the detainees’ nationalities.last_img read more

The Townsville suburb on the way up

first_imgKieran Thomas and Sarah Mathiesen are the first residents to move into Railway CottagesHOUSE prices in Railway Estate have gone up by more than 8 per cent in three months as the suburb continues to generate buyer interest.The city fringe suburb, which is also on the doorstep of the under-construction North Queensland Stadium, recorded an 8.4 per cent rise in house prices in the three months to June 2018.In the last financial year Railway Estate had a 10 per cent rise in median house prices which the median house price has increased from $281,000 in June 2016 to $309,000 in June 2018.It comes as the first resident move into Railway Estate’s new residential development Railway Cottages.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020Home in the boutique estate on Twelfth Ave have been built in a Queenslander style on the outside with modern interiors to fit.Townsville couple Sarah Mathiesen and Kieran Thomas are about to become Railway Estate residents and move into their new three-bedroom home after being the first to snap up one of the Railway Cottages.They said after living in South Townsville for the past five years they knew they wanted to stay close to the city. “We tossed up with buying an old Queensland and renovating it but we didn’t want to inherit anyone else’s problems but we weren’t big on the masonry block modern homes so this worked really well,” they said. “The proximity to the city definitely factored into our decision to buy here and now we’re also closely watching the stadium. To be close to the Civiv Theatre is also a really big bonus of living here.”Ellis Developments is reporting increase in the estate is increasing each week with buyers drawn to the traditional style of the cottages as well as the location.Houses in Railway Estate take on average 40 days to sell, well below the Townsville average of 66 days.Explore Property Townsville agent Annette Rowlings who specialises in city fringe areas said both rent demand and investor interest in Railway Estate were on the rise.“We’re still getting local Townsville buyers but now we’re also seeing investors whereas 12 months ago we weren’t so I think demand is back.”last_img read more

HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT TRUCK FEST THIS WEEKEND

first_imgHundreds of people are expected to converge on Letterkenny’s Clanree Hotel today for the annual North West Truck Fest.Dozens of trucks of all shapes and sizes will be on show.As well as trucks, there will be a fleet of classic bikes and vintage cars for all to see. This is the seventh year of the event and the second time it has been staged in Letterkenny.So far the organising committee of the event has managed to raise a staggering €70,000 for local charities.This year’s even is being held in aid of the Donegal Branch of the Multiple Sclerosis Society and the Marc Anderson Budapest Treatment Fund.For those with only a passing interest in trucks and cars, there will be plenty of other distractions! On Sunday afternoon there will be live music and family entertainment including bouncy castles.One of the highlights of the bust weekend will be the convoy of trucks through Letterkenny starting at 5pm on Sunday, bringing the weekend events to a close.More information can be found on www.northwesttruckfest.com HUNDREDS EXPECTED AT TRUCK FEST THIS WEEKEND was last modified: August 25th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:letterkennyTruck Festlast_img read more