By 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.
Business travellers on a budget airfare are willing to pay extra for comfort and entertainment, but are less eager to pay more for amenities traditionally included in ticket cost, a survey reveals.When asked for which of the in-flight services they would be prepared to pay more respondents to Corporate Traveller’s online survey voted for extra legroom (33 per cent), seat choice (19 per cent) and comfort packs (11 per cent). Only ten per cent of votes went to paying for toilet facilities and carry-on luggage storage. The privilege of paying for a reading light scored a minuscule three per cent.Corporate Traveller’s National Marketing Manager Chris Preston claimed that generally travellers accept the expansive costs of flying, but still retain certain expectations of flight price inclusions. “There has been plenty of discussion in the travel industry recently about airlines charging passengers for certain on board amenities,” Mr Preston said. “While some of these features or privileges such as seat selection, already are attracting an additional fee on some carriers, passengers don’t seem to like the idea of having to pay extra to use the toilet, turn on a reading light or store luggage in an overhead locker. <a href=”http://www.etbtravelnews.global/click/2a1a0/” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://adsvr.travelads.biz/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=10&cb=INSERT_RANDOM_NUMBER_HERE&n=a5c63036″ border=”0″ alt=””></a> “These are items passengers expect to be included in the price of an airfare, just like you expect to get linen, soap or a cupboard in most hotel rooms.” Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A