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‘Flash Hijacks’ Add New Twist to Muggings

September 3, 2016

A frequent crime in Brazil is a scheme in which thieves kidnap people as they’re leaving a bank, and free them only after they’ve visited a number of ATMs to withdraw cash. Now the crooks have introduced a new time-saving wrinkle into this scam: In these so-called “flash hijackings” the thieves pull out a wireless card reader, swipe a few debit or credit transactions with the victim’s card, and then release the individual.