‘Shoulder-surfer’ thieves get up to four years for credit card theft
Thursday, 27 June 2019
Five people were sentenced to up to four years for stealing thousands of euros through a "shoulder-surfing" credit card number theft scheme. Credit: Pixabay
Five “shoulder-surfing” individuals were sentenced to up to four years in prison for stealing over €10,000 through a series of credit-card number thefts mainly targetting elderly people, a Brussels court ruled on Thursday.
The group of five was convicted for stealing credit cards after peeping over the shoulder of their owners to obtain the card’s number.
Through their scheme, the so-called “shoulder-surfers” managed to steal up to €12,000 from their victims, which were mainly elderly card-owners living in cities in the Flemish Brabant.
Brussels’ Correctional Court sentenced the individuals’ to 40 months to up to four years in prison.
Four of the five individuals were not present during the hearing, and the court ordered their immediate arrest.