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Phony Credit Card Ring Busted in Fort Bend County [PHOTOS]

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UPDATE: 6:22 p.m.

An international credit card fraud ring is busted thanks to the joint efforts from local and federal authorities.

Law enforcement agents from Fort Bend and Harris Counties combined with officials from the Secret Service, the Department of Public Safety and Houston Police Department.

Nine Cuban nationals were arrested May 22 at two separate locations in Fort Bend and Harris Counties.

Authorities confiscated $13,000, along with hundreds of blank, ready-to-use credit cards and the machines that are used to make them.

The suspects are being held on $400,000 bonds.

Fort Bend lead investigator detective Matthew Cardenas says anyone can be a victim of credit card fraud.

“Be very cautious of who you give your card to, particularly servers. That’s usually a common place for cards to get compromised, but it could be anywhere,” he explained. “I’d say monitor your bank account, monitor your credit and definitely if you see something contact the credit bureau or your local law enforcement agency to report that.”

The nine suspects face a variety of charges, including credit card fraud and money laundering.

The investigation continues.

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A major bust of a phony credit card ring is being touted as a major coup for local and federal authorities.

Calling it, the “tip of the iceberg,” law enforcement agents from Fort Bend County, the secret service and other agencies arrested nine Cuban nationals Friday.

Fort Bend County lead investigator detective Matthew Cardenas says the combined efforts paid off.

They are believed to be connected with an international credit card fraud ring.

Related: TSU Radio Station Volunteer Charged with Credit Card Fraud [Listen]

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