Web site exposes credit card fraud

Thursday, 27 June 2002, 2:05 AM EST

The database of stolen credit card numbers, which became available on the Web late Tuesday, was created over the last seven weeks and has already identified nearly 100,000 credit card numbers, the group said.

The group, CardCops, collected the information from Internet chat rooms where thieves have been checking whether stolen card numbers are still good to use or have been deactivated.

The group alerted the Secret Service to the scheme and turned over its database to investigators. It then decided to create the Web site so Americans can check their numbers and possibly prevent fraudulent charges.

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