Scamming is the new big phenomenon in the streets. Card cracking has been a prevalent means of scamming, with many swiping their way to new luxury items and other amenities. A few rappers and rap groups have bragged about scamming in rhymes, with some being completely devoted to hitting licks of this nature. One such group is the Pop Out Boyz, of New York City, who have various songs and videos about card cracking and the life that hustle has afforded them. However, as always, the feds were watching, and have busted 39 Pop Out Boyz (out of the 59 suspected members). They have been charged with running a $414,000 identity-theft ring.
According to the NY Daily News, the authorities gained knowledge of the Pop Out Boyz (allegedly affiliates of the Bloods) and their lick while investigating another case at Barney’s.They saw reportedly saw one of the defendants shopping with a stack of credit cards. “If one didn’t work, they’d use another one,” said NYPD Inspector Joseph Dowling.
From there, it appears that the investigation was launched into the Pop Out Boyz. It was found that the crew would swipe Goyard handbags and other pricey items, then resell them to pop bottles in nightclubs and fun trips out of town to Miami, Cali and Georgia. “In at least one case, an individual is accused of making nearly twenty trips to the same luxury department store to buy designer clothes and merchandise,” according to a statement by DA Cyrus Vance, Jr..
Sources seem to differ on the method of card cracking that the crew used to get their usurped funds. The NY Post reports that they used the common method of recruiting folks to open bank accounts, deposited fugazi checks into the account, then
withdrew the money before the bank knew what hit them. The Daily News’ detailing of the scheme seems to be more accurate, as they report that the Pop Out Boyz gleaned stolen bank info from the Dark Web and created their own fraudulent credit cards.
The bust went down as follows:
Detectives executed eight search warrants, finding five handguns and five “credit card mills,” which included computers, credit-card making equipment and cash, Dowling said.
Investigators recovered the equipment at the apartments of defendants in Brooklyn and Queens.
With hip-hop police constantly watching the moves being made within the culture, it’s probably best if you don’t make videos and songs about credit card fraud, if you’re really doing it.