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Faking Gift Cards Is Easy, Says Weezie –Cagle

November 2011

Is business getting too difficult for you? Are you considering a life of crime? Well, we’re not here to judge (actually, we love to judge...you’ll get a pass for now). But, if you must turn to the dark side, at least let us help you do it. This way, no one will get hurt and the only victim will be retailers. And they don’t count as people.

Step one: Purchase an HP Indigo 7000 or an MGI JETcard press. Step two: Buy some gift cards as templates. Step three: Make your own ersatz gift cards and spend them all over town...just not where you live. Gotta be smart about it.

Well, SOMEONE thought this was a good idea, as police in Augusta, GA, are on the lookout for a criminal who made off with thousands of dollars in jewelry from a mall in that city—ill-gotten booty procured not with a gun or knife, but courtesy of phony Visa gift cards. The WJBF ABC affiliate reported that police are on the hunt for a known suspect, whose name we won't use since he has not been charged with a crime (or captured) as of press time.

However, we will tell you that Weezie, as the man is known (whew, we thought George Jefferson's wife was in trouble for a minute), is also wanted in Boston, Philadelphia and Dallas. Sounds like Weezie needs to start a West Coast crime spree.

Police believe that Weezie is somehow printing the cards himself. HP, MGI and other vendors who offer plastic card printing technologies might want to cross-reference their client lists for anyone named Weezie.

“It’s scary that it can be done this easily,” Kevin Keegan, the manager of Harris Jewelry in the Augusta Mall, told WJBF. “Of course, with the economy the way it is, people are doing what they can to make money.”

It's nice to know that the counterfeiting community has graduated to the next level. As technology becomes more sophisticated, so do the thieves.

B-A-A-A-A-D NEWS: Speaking of technology, an old tradition is going by the wayside, much to the relief of sheep everywhere. The University of Notre Dame announced it was no longer printing diplomas on sheepskin, ending a practice as old as educational degrees themselves.

 

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