Cloned cards used for fraud

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (WCIA) --Three men from Florida were busted for using cloned credit cards while shopping in Champaign.    

Police say it's a trend and want you to be aware of the danger. These men are charged with burglary and unlawful use of account numbers.
    
Champaign police say it's a re-loadable gift card. The thieves steal your account and card information from devices like skimmers. These are placed on gas pumps, ATMs, anything your card may be used at.

It's then load that on to the gift cards. The information can include everything from your account number to your name. In the most recent case police say the men were shopping at Finish Line, Macys and Sunglass Hut.

Police say the often times the cloned cards are used to buy new cards to remove any trace of fraud. Police say retailers should be on the lookout for this type of fraud.

They say someone buying several re-loadable gift cards for large amounts could be suspicious. Also someone using several gift cards to make one purchase. If you see activity like this please contact the police.

There are ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim. You should be looking for skimmers like this when you use your card. They can be on ATMs and any other readers. Also if you are handing your card to a cashier keep an eye on it. Next, always monitor your cards activity regularly. And lastly use cash as often as possible to avoid using your cards all together. 
 


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