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Four accused in scam that spied on ATMs

MIAMI — Four one-way tickets, Sofia-Miami: about $4,000.

Haul from the heist: at least $2-million.

Arresting the four Bulgarians who figured out yet another ingenious way to hijack automated teller machines — literally from the inside out, with tiny cameras: priceless.

"It was very satisfying," said the Miami Beach police detective who led six undercover colleagues in tracking down and arresting the four men, who are now in the Miami-Dade County Jail. They are accused of installing "skimmers" on the outside of ATMs and cameras inside to capture ID and account numbers, then reprogramming retail-store gift cards and credit cards with the information to withdraw cash.

Facing multiple felony charges — including grand theft, criminal use of personal identification, credit card fraud, violations of the Communications Fraud Act and tampering with evidence — are Nikolai H. Arabov, 37, also charged with cocaine possession; Diyan N. Dobrev, 34; Stanimir G. Kolev, 36; and Denislav Filipov, 19.

Four accused in scam that spied on ATMs 04/10/08 [Last modified: Friday, April 11, 2008 6:46pm]

    

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