Know these men? Your info could be worth $9K
CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) — Crime Stoppers and South Carolina Federal Credit Union are offering a $9,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of two men wanted for ATM and credit card fraud in Charleston.
According to a release from Crime Stoppers, Mount Pleasant Police need your help identifying two men who were caught on video surveillance using fraudulently obtained ATM/credit cards at several banks in the Mount Pleasant, Summerville, North Charleston, and Charleston areas.
Investigators believe the men used skimmers to obtain card information and a credit card maker to not only take money from the accounts of people living along Charleston and other ares of the East Coast. It's believed the same two men may be responsible for about $1 million missing from the accounts of people on the East Coast last year.
They said the transactions happened between April 20 and April 24 at SC Federal Credit Union, TD Bank, Wells Fargo, First Citizens, Bank of America, Suntrust, and South State banks.
Over $11,000 has been reported stolen.
If anyone knows anything about this or any other crime, they are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.
- First tip to protect from many types of information theft is being aware of your surroundings and diligent in your precautions.
- Scan the area before using your card. Criminals will often put a skimming device on gas pumps that are farthest from the store, or not well lit.
- Examine the card reader and give it a good tug or shake. Sometimes overlays are only affixed with tape or temporary glue.
- If you are examining a skimmer where a passcode is required, look around for a place where a hidden camera may be lurking. Thieves often place one in a position where it can capture PIN information as you punch it in.
- Regardless of where you are, if anything looks different on the card reader, or appears to have any signs of tape or scratches on it, it could be a sign of tampering.
- Bottom line: If a card reader looks suspicious, don't use it and notify authorities.
We will update this story when more information becomes available.