INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) - Detectives with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department are investigating a credit and debit card scheme.
The suspects use a black credit card reader called a skimmer and they place it along an ATM. It only takes one swipe and the suspects have the person’s credit card information.
The thieves then take those credit card numbers and transfer them to a card with a magnetic strip.
Once that process is done, the suspects purchase large amounts of gift cards before discarding the fake credit cards.
In one case a suspect purchased $4,000 worth of gift cards in five minutes.
"They are getting victim credit card information from all over," said one undercover IMPD detective.
According to IMPD, the suspects have targeted CVS Pharmacy stores and Marsh Supermarkets. It's estimated CVS has reported losses in the six figures, and Marsh has lost about $20,000.
Police released video of the suspects in action. In most cases they appear to work alone but they are actually working in groups. It's believed the suspects are from out of town and they are traveling from state to state committing these crimes.
Recently, detectives arrested a man in Indianapolis hotel for this type of setup. Once inside his room, police found credit card readers, blank credit cards and computers. Detectives believe the suspects are hard to catch because they use multiple identities, and they have credit cards with multiple identities.
According to IMPD, the best way to protect yourself is to check your bank statements often. If a card skimmer looks fake or attached incorrectly, don't use it. Finally, if you have more concerns, buy a gift card for entertainment purposes and use that when you are out shopping and eating.
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