April 1, 2013

LPD warns of credit card scams, hits close to home

By Magen McCrarey
Staff Writer

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. — Your credit/debit card information can be stolen with a simple swipe at the gas pump, grocery story or local convenience store.  National reports of credit/debit card fraud hit home hard when London Police Capt. Derek House received a call from his bank stating up to $500 in purchases were being made in Locust Grove, Ga. on Saturday, March 23.

“What was scary to me was they made nine back-to-back transactions with my number, and the card was still in my pocket,” House said.

House was one of a handful of victims in London and Louisville who were targeted within the same time frame last weekend.  Banks have issued warnings to police that victims’ cards are being used in Arkansas, Georgia, Michigan and Illinois.  The victim’s card numbers were used at stores such as Walmart, Target, Shell, Macy’s and Walgreens and Family Dollar.  There have been $14,000 in credit/debit losses so far.

Chief Stewart Walker is asking London businesses to ask consumers for their identification while using credit/debit cards.

Other tips to avoid fraud:

• Shield your debit PIN number with your hand while punching in your code

• Avoid swiping your card in locations that do not have a security camera

• Frequently check your credit/debit card statements.

The LPD is continuing the investigation and more information will be released at a later date.