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article imageFree pizza Facebook offer reveals ID theft ring

By Nate Smith     Dec 9, 2014 in Crime
Brooklyn - Identity thieves armed with stolen credit numbers in Brooklyn, N.Y. were undone by their own generosity towards their neighbors.
To test piles of stolen credit card numbers purchased from hackers through online data breaches, a group of ID thieves in Brooklyn offered to buy local New Yorkers Domino's pizza.
Thieves placed orders from the pizza makers mobile application and used the stolen credit card information to pay for the purchase.
Police became suspicious after a number of Facebook posts from suspects offering to buy their neighbors free pizza. Contacted by authorities, Domino's did acknowledge a spike in sales from stores in the Brooklyn area.
ID theft victims are also protesting the charges.
According to police, at least one Domino's customer had his credit card information declined over 2,000 times during a single month.
So far, 14 people have been arrested in connection with the alleged crime ring. However, some of the suspects maintain that they are guilty of nothing more than receiving free pizza.
The pizza company's loss prevention team assisted law enforcement with the investigation.
Domino's reportedly has had to reimburse ID theft victims from all over the country for fraudulent pizza purchases.
In addition to the ID theft, suspects have also been charged with petty larceny.
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