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Cary police arrest two men accused of using fake credit cards

Posted March 30, 2012

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— Cary police on Thursday arrested two men at Cary Town Mall accused of using counterfeit credit cards to make purchases at various department stores over the last three weeks. 

Police say Sheik Fofanah, 30, and Amadou Balde, 33, admitted to using the fake credit cards to purchase clothing, electronics and other items. Officers recovered more than 100 counterfeit cards in their possession. 

Fofanah, of Lansdowne, Pa., and Balde, of Bronx, N.Y., are charged with felony conspiracy, possession of a counterfeit instrument, obtaining property by false pretenses and unlawfully obtaining credit cards.

Both men were being held Friday in the Wake County jail under separate $500,000 bonds.

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  • bbqchicken Mar 30, 2012

    To answer your question Rebelyell55, the problem is no security in the cards themselves, cashiers hardly if ever ever checking IDs mostly by company policy, lastly the ability to order goods online with no ID check what so ever.

    When I worked at Lowes, we had a Corporate issued policy not to check IDs on credit/debit cards. Reason they gave was they did not want to inconvenience the customer. This was out of the CEO's mouth to LEO's a few years ago.

    The flip side to this we were required to check IDs on checks.

    This fallacy also applies to Gas companies that allow people to pump gas before they pay, but then make the station owners or operators finacialy responsible for drive offs. All in the name of inconveniencing the customer.

    Any credit card can be scanned and copied with over the county goods bought at ebay.

    The vast majority of Credit Card Fraud is knowingly allowed all in the name of greed, profit and inconvenience.

  • Uhavenoclu Mar 30, 2012

    For all of the money these criminals stole, the rest of us will be paying for in higher prices. So they are not ripping off the credit card companies - they are ripping off the rest of us!!!

    Like that comment is going to make a difference,it will still go on and i'm sure the ones doing this all over the country are not going to stop because they feel sorry?. We have become a whiny protesting country now,expecting others to do the work for us instead of doing it ourselves.

  • notthatguy Mar 30, 2012

    you can have stolen numbers on counterfeit cards Can't say how but it does happen and more often than people think

  • terriersrfun Mar 30, 2012

    With everyone using electronic card machines, how did these cards get accepted if they were counterfeit, ie fake? If they were using stolen card numbers they were not counterfeit.

  • Just the facts mam Mar 30, 2012

    For all of the money these criminals stole, the rest of us will be paying for in higher prices. So they are not ripping off the credit card companies - they are ripping off the rest of us!!!

  • Gork Mar 30, 2012

    Their bonds are high because they committed a sacreligious crime - defrauding a financial institution. You can't do that - they can steal from you, but if you steal from them they'll have you put under the jail. Oh, and none of them ever go to jail, that's part of the deal too...

  • tightywhitey2 Mar 30, 2012

    I guess since the credit card companies are ripping off people, these guys figured they would counterfeit them A few cards and rip off the card companies.

  • jmmyclmnjr Mar 30, 2012

    The bond structure is based upon the crime and also the individuals prior criminal record.

  • djofraleigh Mar 30, 2012

    Look at these guys now for their picture will not appear on Wake county arrests link on WRAL.

    That ONE poor guy has had his face on WRAL for over a week now since the mug shots are not being updated. Why is that?

  • djofraleigh Mar 30, 2012

    I'm wondering how our bond structure is set up, -- COMMENT

    Flight risk! Not a safety risk in this case

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