Target credit card fraud leads to….Mexico

Linda Valdez at the Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic) newsosaur spends a large portion of her time insistently lecturing the newspaper’s continually dwindling readership that Arizona’s economic future is linked to Mexico.

It turns out she’s partially correct. Not only is Arizona suffering from the high toll of services and benefits illegal aliens in our state receive as they mercilessly sap our taxpaying citizens (video link), but American retailers and consumers across the country are taking it in the slats as well.

Texas police have arrested two Mexican nationals at the border who used account information stolen during the pre-Christmas Target cyber attack to buy thousands of dollars worth of merchandise. Mary Carmen Garcia, 27, and Daniel Guardiola Dominguez, 28, both of Monterrey, Mexico, used falsified cards containing stolen account information to purchase numerous items at national retailers in the area including Best Buy, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.  Among their purchases were a number of high-end electronics which added up to tens of thousands of dollars.  

When the pair was arrested, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers discovered close to 100 fake credit cards in their possession.

A spokeswoman for the Minneapolis-based Target stores acknowledged last week that the retail giant has stopped more than a dozen operations that sought to scam security breach victims by way of email, phone calls and text messages.

Though federal officials claimed there currently was no connection between the arrests and the retailer’s credit card data theft, McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez said, “They’re obviously selling the data sets by region.”  He said investigators suspect Garcia and Guardiola were singling out Sundays for their shopping sprees hoping that the banks would not be as quick to detect the fraud.

The Target security breach is believed to have involved 40 million credit and debit card accounts and the personal information of an estimated 70 – 110 million customers. Other retailers ranging from upscale Neiman Marcus to J.C. Penney were victims of the cyber attackers.

6 Responses to Target credit card fraud leads to….Mexico

  1. VINOAZ says:

    Well, after all, they do come here to work. Unfortunately crime is what some of them work at. 20 years to execute that pig that murdered that young police officer in Texas! Should have been executed 19 years ago. But what do I know? I would execute all ID thieves and anyone who tapped into another persons bank account. Why do liberals love criminals and hate the innocent? They are all for slaughtering the unborn but criminal scum appeals to them.

  2. Vince says:

    The exorbitant costs of illegal aliens in Arizona is staggering. These shocking numbers are TEN years old. It’s stomach turning to imagine what they are today.

    Then think about extrapolating those numbers to the entire USA.

    • ZOO says:

      Here’s the 2012 update from FAIR Vince. Between your 2004 link and mine, we’ve gone from $1.3 billion to $2.6 billion annually to educate, medicate, and incarcerate. I always ask myself – how much would it be if there was never a Russell Pearce? Arizona’s costs have more than doubled in 8 years, and idiocy and greed has the state legislature in stand-down mode – suffering from a Chamber of Commerce ‘makeover.’

      The additional $1.3 billion load we are carrying should be charged to the AZCOC via “assessment” as reimbursement and damages for defending their profit-driven anti-law civil suits against the state.

  3. LD 23 PC says:

    Something’s definitely rotten with the various responses. I read that “messages left for the McAllen Police Chief Victor Rodriguez and his lieutenant Monday evening weren’t immediately returned.” Next I read that “a message left with the Secret Service seeking more information wasn’t immediately returned.” And finally, “a Target spokeswoman referred questions to local law enforcement.” It sounds as though the Obama Dept. of Homeland Security doesn’t want this information on a massive Mexican criminal ring out when it finally has the RINO GOP ready to cave in and sign on to amnesty.

    • Army Of One says:

      What a surprise! Mexican nationals using and abusing Americans and American businesses. That’s how we are viewed by our invaders but the foolish Republicans want to join with the Democrats in increasing the membership rolls of the Democrat party and giving these thugs the greatest gift this nation has….our citizenship. Those folks we put in DC have all lot their minds.

  4. Fed Up says:

    This many candidates allow the inferior ones to rise to the top since fewer votes are needed to win. Our choices are RINOs, McCain cohorts, a convicted drunk and a disgraced lawyer. None are very appealing. There is a dearth of ready for prime time conservative entrants in this mix. Not good.