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.