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£17 million cloned cards plot foiled

Talking to Poland, I was amazed to read in the Scottish Daily Record (opens in new tab)(where else? -Ed) that an Eastern European gang was recently arrested in London in connection with what could have been the UK's biggest ever plastic scamorama.

The scam was uncovered after Darius Zyla was seen acting suspiciously at Victoria tube station in London in September 2005. Police found that the geezer was carrying 46 mobile phone top-up cards encoded with various credit card details.

Zyla, a 30-year-old Pole, along with Krzysztof Rogulski, 31, a fellow Pole, and Roman Zykin, a 38 Russian lady, together with Hannes Pajusalu, 34, of Estonia, have all admitted charges relating to the fraud at Southwark Crown Court.

The Eastern European defendants are due to be sentenced on May 10.

According to the Scottish paper (opens in new tab), Zykin's wife Malgorzata, 41, has already been jailed for six months.

The case is notable, as Police claim that around 32,000 cloned cards - which could have generated £17 million in dosh for the gang - were recovered during the investigation.

If the scam had gone ahead, it would have been the UK's largest plastic card fraud seen to date...