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$1.1M N.Y. male fraudster gets 5 years Fed. prison time for Disney World Ticket scam  Isaraphanich used stolen credit card numbers to purchase tickets from Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, StubHub, and Ticket Master, which he then sold at a discount. To purchase the tickets and other items, Isaraphanich used software that generated a fictitious caller ID, which allowed him to mask the telephone number that he was using when he called to make the purchases. Between April 2010 and June 2013, Isaraphanich made approximately 1,800 calls using fictitious caller IDs, and used more than 100 stolen credit card numbers to make fraudulent purchases of theme park tickets, concert tickets, sporting event tickets, airline tickets, and products from Apple and Macy's. As part of his scheme, Isaraphanich attempted over $1.1 million in fraudulent credit card transactions, with victims suffering more than $323,000 in actual losses. (Source

$464k N.Y. female posing as Lowe's IT employee - gift card fraudster hitting Lowe's - gets 4 yr, prison term  35 yr. old Lisa Abellard of Dobbs Ferry, N.Y. called Lowes employees around the country pretending to be from the IT department and claiming there were problems with a register, ask an employee to run diagnostics and do a test transaction. The test transaction would require putting a credit of about $3,500 on Lowe's gift cards which Abellard held. She defrauded Lowe's of a total of $464k. (Source

ID theft duo hitting stores in Ohio, Michigan, and Indiana - 23 times  Stores that were hit include Best Buy, Home Depot, Macy's, Sears, Dick's Sporting Goods, Kohl's, TJ Maxx, and Victoria Secret. Police say that the pair used the stolen information to get store credit cards and then make large purchases. They might also be using a fake Michigan drivers license. Flint and Saginaw are among the Michigan cities where police say the purchases were made. The Oakland County Sheriff's Office and the Farmington Hills Public Safety Department believe that two people are responsible for at least 23 identity thefts that took place in Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana. (Source

Elderly man accused of running shoplifting ring is sentenced in Waukesha, WI.  Waukesha man accused of running a shoplifting ring has been sentenced to six years probation. 77-year-old Raymond Hatch faced multiple felony charges of retail theft. Investigators say thieves stole more than $1,500 worth of whitening strips from a Target store in Waukesha. Police say those suspects then sold them to Hatch, who resold the items online. As part of the sentence, Hatch cannot go inside any Walgreens or Target store. (Source

Egg Harbor Police seeking suspect in Baby Formula theft from Shop Rite  According to police, the unidentified man entered the Cardiff area store with his friend Brian Williams, 40, of Millville. The men loaded 12 cartons of powdered baby formula into a cart and exited the store. (Source

Indianapolis Police arrest Four after using counterfeit money at T.J. Maxx

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