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Alleged ATM Scammer Swallows Flash Drive to Destory Evidence

Alleged ATM Scammer Swallows Flash Drive to Destory Evidence

When we first caught wind of this story, we thought maybe there was some kind of bizarre oral fixation that prompted a New York resident to toss a perfectly good USB thumb drive into his mouth and swallow it like a Tylenol. As it turns out, Florin Necula was simply trying to destroy evidence seized during a federal raid.

We've seen this tactic in several spy movies, and we're guessing so did Necula. But what Necula didn't take into account was how much more durable portable flash drives are compared to paper, which is a lot easier to digest. But more on that in a minute.



First, let's discuss for a moment why the hungry New Yorker would eat a flash drive in the first place. According to The Smoking Gun, prosecutors believe Necula and three other men are behind an ATM scam. As the lawsuit goes, the bumbling bandits placed memory card readers over ATM slots in order to "skim" magnetic strip information from bank customers.

As with most ill-conceived crime rings, this one fell under the watchful eye of federal agents, who eventually busted the four men. Necula was arrested outside a bank in Queens, NY, and was then transported to a Secret Service office in Brooklyn. It was there that inspiration (or hunger) hit Necula, who then grabbed a pieced of evidence labeled "Subject Flash Drive 2" and swallowed it while federal agents looked on.

It gets even better, folks. While most of us can probably picture some poor intern being tasked with retrieving the USB key from Necula's body waste and cleaning it off, the thumb drive remained inside him for four days. At that point, it was determined that he "would be injured if they allowed the flash drive to remain inside of him." The solution? Surgery.



So here's where we stand. Not only is Necula still in hot water for his alleged ATM scam, but he now faces obstruction of justice charges, had to undergo surgery, and will receive 5 minutes of fame as one of the dumbest crooks of the decade.

As for the Kingston flash drive, it's unclear whether or not it survived the ordeal. In an email to The Smoking Gun, Kingston executive Mike Sager said, "As you might imagine, we have no actual experience with someone swallowing a USB." Fair enough.
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ROFL... I would imagine the flash drive will be fine or at least retrievable, so this guy added on at least 10 years maybe more, by doing it in a non secretive way.

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Agreed rapid1, lol. I don't know what the heck he was thinking! If the drive and data survives, it might be good publicity for Kingston.

On a side note, there might be a market for edible flash drives in the white collar crime sector.

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HA :P what kind of flashdrive was it? is it the kind in the picture above? i find this too funny that he did this :D

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I love these things, I have a dremel and usually I hack the insides of those Maisto scale models and convert them into pendrives... Real good luking. I gift them and feel it gives a personal touch to the gift!!Smile

Take a look here. That was a long time ago. Now I'm actively building my CarPC with a MAG ND01.

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Well gibbersome I think I know what he was thinking, I can get rid of some evidence. Of course he probably was not thinking it would not come out at some time. Of course he probably also was not thinking that if that breaks down in his stomach (Stomach Acid is some pretty strong stuff) it could very well be toxic, and most likely enough to if not kill him do some serious damage.

Hey Xylem great pictures, some very detailed work!

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:D i like that Lamborghini rc car... where u get it? i wanna try to mod it :D. where u get he runs a forum from? :D

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@ rapid1, Nope, I do not have a forum, but would definitely like to start one soon.Smile Did you pass by it some where? kindly post the link, I would love to take a look.

@ Inspector - take a look here. That lists everything I have in those pages.

Off topic - @ Dave - You Rock Right Hug. I've got an extra "Delete" added to the more button in the forums.

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Hey Xylem you have mail.

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@ rapid1 - Got that Sir! Yes Oh and replied as well.

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They operated to get the thing out? Aw, they didn't have to. I'm sure everything would have come out fine in the end.

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I see what you did there.

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I can't believe the guy was so stupid - everyone knows you gotta wash those things down with a frosty glass of hydrochloric acid.

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@clem they said it would of "injured" him if they allowed it to be in there any longer... i want to know how it would injure him...

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To tell ya the truth Inspector as you will find if you research it computers and peripherals have many things in the which are for one not enviromentally friendly, if not just down right toxic, especially when broken down. Stomach acid is pretty strong stuff, although not general meant to break down things of this nature. If it did break down too the point of leakage which I am sure is why they gave it a time limit for removing it. It very well could have killed him from the inside out. Remember one thing do not eat computer parts, especially PCB and Memory chips. A hard drive or a heatsink may not do much as they externally are metal, but I think they'd be harder to swallow than a USB stick.

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Inspector:

@clem they said it would of "injured" him if they allowed it to be in there any longer... i want to know how it would injure him...

Well, if it came out sideways, I'd imagine that would injure a person.  As stated before, the guy is an idiot.  I just saw a video where a guy destroyed paper evidence while being frisked.  The cop took the paper from his pocket, put it on the hood of the car, where the guy was laying...he then managed to grab it with his mouth and consume it, the cops had no idea, probably until they checked the dash cam.

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:D lol, those are some stupid cops to not watch him... i believe there are 2 cops to a car...

and i don't think they were worried that it would come out sideways because if that was what they were thinking about they would of done something about it the same day not wait for him to **** it out :D

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