Bulgarians Charged in ATM Card Fraud

ATLANTA (AP) - Two Bulgarians have been charged with plotting to
steal dozens of bank card numbers through automated teller machines
and withdrawing thousands of dollars in metro Atlanta.

A federal grand jury accuses 23-year-old Nikolay Nikolov and 29-year-old Yordan Kavaklov of using a "skimming device" connected to Bank of America ATMs in metro Atlanta to record debit card numbers and videotape passwords people punched into the machines.

Prosecutors said Tuesday that the information was downloaded onto a computer and transferred to magnetic tapes on stolen gift cards, which then were used to withdraw money from ATMs.

The two were arrested Nov. 8 after reports they were making multiple withdrawals at ATMs in Marietta. Authorities say they confiscated $57,000, mostly in $20 bills.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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