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Ireland Victims in their nineties are targeted by 'shoulder surfing' gang

10:05  01 october  2019
10:05  01 october  2019 Source:   independent.ie

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In computer security, shoulder surfing is a type of social engineering technique used to obtain information such as personal identification numbers (PINs), passwords and other confidential data by looking over the victim 's shoulder .

But many of the their targets are . Two of those victims had fled gang violence in Honduras and had pending asylum applications. Others, after a lengthy court process, would be eligible for legal residence if they prove they were abused, neglected or abandoned by a parent in their home country.

a person standing in front of a building: ‘Shoulder surfing’ involves incidents in which a criminal closely observes shoppers and notes their pin numbers when they are paying for goods or, what has been more common in this gang’s case, when they use an ATM. Stock ‘Shoulder surfing’ involves incidents in which a criminal closely observes shoppers and notes their pin numbers when they are paying for goods or, what has been more common in this gang’s case, when they use an ATM. Stock A 98-year-old woman and 90-year-old man were among the victims of a heartless gang who carried out 50 "shoulder surfing" crimes nationwide in the space of just five weeks.

'Shoulder surfing' involves incidents in which a criminal closely observes shoppers and notes their pin numbers when they are paying for goods or, what has been more common in this gang's case, when they use an ATM.

Shoppers are then approached away from the ATM or in places such as shopping centre car parks where they are distracted and their cards stolen and used to purchase goods elsewhere.

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covert harrasment, Gang Stalking - gangstalking, Organized stalking and harassment, cause stalking, preditory stalking, targeted individual. Abduction: Some victims are abducted after being completely isolated from their families and friends. There appears to have been repeated attempts to do this to me.

Shoulder - surfing synonyms, Shoulder - surfing pronunciation, Shoulder - surfing translation, English dictionary definition of Shoulder - surfing . n informal a form of credit-card fraud in which the perpetrator stands behind and looks over the shoulder of the victim as he or she withdraws money from an

The suspected ringleader - a 32-year-old Romanian criminal - was arrested at Dublin Airport yesterday morning after getting off a flight from the Norwegian capital Oslo as part of a major international intelligence operation.

The suspect was last night being detained at Mullingar garda station where he was being questioned about offences which have been investigated by the Garda National Economic Crime Bureau (GNECB) and local garda units.

In the case of the massive spree of "shoulder surfing" crimes across this country in five weeks during March and April, gardaí have identified a female Romanian criminal as the "distractor" for the gang. She was arrested last week in Sweden.

Detectives believe she was part of a "mainly three person team" involved in the crimewave.

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Gang members phoned their victims pretending to be investigating a fraud at their bank and told them they needed to transfer their money for 'safekeeping'. Describing the impact on the victims , Judge Anujar Dhir told the court: 'Some were in their 90s and some passed away before the trial took place.'

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This development is understood to have led her fellow gang member to flee back to Ireland from Norway but gardaí were waiting for him when he landed in Dublin.

He was then brought to Mullingar garda station and is expected to appear in court as early as today.

A senior source described the gang's activities during the five-week period they "blitzed" Ireland as "truly staggering".

"It was unbelievable what happened in this organised crime spree - there are victims from Nenagh to Letterkenny, from Cork to Wexford, from Sligo to Offaly," the source said.

In one incident a 98-year-old woman was followed into her home, her bank card was obtained and €600 later taken from her account.

A 90-year-old man was also targeted by the mob in a different county in the south east while a female in her 60s, who was targeted in Athlone, had €4,500 taken from her bank account in the course of six fraudulent transactions.

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Shoulder surfing , as you might have guessed already, is the name of this technique, and it comes from the fact that in its most basic form, it involves literally peering over the victim 's shoulder in order The likelihood of being targeted by a shoulder surfing attack is largely dependent on your threat model.

" Shoulder surfing " thefts occur when a thief stands very close to thief victim as they enter in a password, PIN number, or other information when making a transaction. In some cases, the institution where the crime occurred may be required to increase or update their security policies.

"They mostly go after older people, both male and female," a source explained.

"In some cases they actually entered the homes of their targets.

"However, violence has not been a feature of this organised crime gang."

Since the gang left Ireland in late April, they have been linked to a spate of similar crimes in England, Spain, Sweden, Norway and Finland.

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