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US identity fraudster jailed for seven years

US authorities have sentenced a man to seven years in prison for buying stolen identities from cyber-criminals in other countries.

Jacob Vincent Green-Bressler was convicted of soliciting information including credit and debit card account numbers, Pins, expiration dates, passwords and social security numbers.

The 21 year-old created counterfeit credit cards to take more than $1m from cash machines in Arizona, including one withdrawal of $148,000 at the Casino Del Sol.

At the height of the scam, it is estimated that Green-Bressler held more than 4,500 illegal credit and debit card account numbers and Pins and that more than $300,000 was transferred overseas.

Graham Cluley, senior technology consultant at Sophos, said that law enforcement agencies have traditionally focused on catching the cyber-criminals who sell identities online.

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