Suspects In East Coast Credit Card Scam Arrested In ENC

Two Brooklyn, New York residents have been arrested in Eastern Carolina and charged in connection to a credit card scam ring that has been traveling down the east coast of the United States.

The Carteret County Sheriff's Office arrested 30-year-old Terrance Pringle and 20-year-old Esmeralda Gamboa following a traffic stop Monday on Highway 70 in Newport.

A Highway Patrol Trooper stopped the car for careless and reckless driving and noticed numerous brand new electronics still in the original packaging in addition to credit cards.

In all, authorities say more than 70 counterfeit credit cards, over $1,500 in cash, 46 gift cards, and 87 pre-paid credit cards were confiscated.

The pair arrested is believed to have been accompanied by two others who have not yet been identified and were not traveling in the vehicle when it was stopped.

The scammers are accused of creating counterfeit credit cards with unsuspecting victims' valid credit card account numbers embedded into the magnetic strips.

The counterfeit cards were then used as payment for electronics such as brand new laptops, I-pads, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards. Items seized by the sheriff's office total more than $100K.


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  • by Formerly O.L.I. Location: ENC on Jul 13, 2011 at 05:49 AM
    I have to wonder! Are these the ones who have been calling numbers claiming that you have one a laptop and come to a location at Atlantic Beach to claim it? Someone I know actually went there and was asked for a credit card #. Fortunately, they didn't give it out. I counseled these seniors NOT to respond to that scam anymore. I was also called by a Georgia #, told I'd won either money, SUV, or trip and to come to a location in same area. Lotta junk going on these days.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 13, 2011 at 07:50 AM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      sounds like the same crowd that has been hounding me.
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      by 250 on Jul 13, 2011 at 03:03 PM in reply to Formerly O.L.I.
      Great advice!
  • by Driver on Jul 13, 2011 at 04:20 AM
    It's nice that so many criminals are bad drivers, or drive cars with lights out, expired tags... more stupid criminals are caught that way. Good job HP.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Jul 12, 2011 at 06:44 PM
    Nice work, N.C. Trooper!
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