Police: Man uses cloned credit card for purchases

mcanty@vagazette.com

James City County Police are looking for a man they allege used another person's credit card information to make almost $1,000 in purchases.

On Aug. 8, a man used a credit card to spend $930 at the Game Stop in the 4600 block of Monticello Avenue. The owner later realized the credit card had been reported stolen, according to police.

Police allege the man used a "cloned" credit card, which is a bogus card that carries stolen credit card and identification information, to make the purchases.

The man bought several game consoles and games as well as controllers, police said.

Police throughout the region have received reports of several different types of credit card theft and fraud in the last few months. Officers are warning merchants to ask for proper identification with credit cards or alert authorities if a transaction seems suspicious.

The Federal Trade Commission warns people not to lend their cards to anyone or share their account information with people over the phone. The commission also advises paying close attention to transactions with cashiers and restaurant staff and a careful review of credit card statements each month for any fraudulent activities.

In this case, authorities in James City County ask anyone with information on the theft or the stolen goods to call the department at (757) 259-5164 or the Crime Line at 1-888-LOCK-U-UP.

Callers to the Crime Line may remain anonymous, do not have to testify in court and may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000 if the information leads to an arrest.

Canty can be reached at (757) 345-2341.

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