Gainesville Police Arrest Men Accused of Using Credit Card Skimmers – Marion County Criminal Lawyers Hernando County Criminal Lawyers
An officer with the Gainesville Police Department arrested two men after a traffic stop allegedly revealed that they possessed fraudulent credit cards and a device to re-encode credit cards. The officer had stopped the men for speeding and then his k-9 officer allegedly detected narcotics in the car. Upon searching the car, the officer allegedly found the items inside the car.
Credit card skimming devices are electronic devices that are placed on ATM machines or gas station pumps, and the device captures and stores or transmits stolen information stored on the credit card or ATM cards magnetic strip to the individual who placed the device there to capture the information. The information is then used to make fraudulent transactions or sold to others to make fraudulent transactions.
Credit card skimming devices theft has become more commonplace throughout the past few years. It is important as a consumer to stay vigilant every time you use your credit card. If an ATM or gas station credit card slot appears to have been tampered with or altered in any way, do not use the device and report it to the owner or the authorities. Many gas stations have tape or a seal they place over the device, so that if the seal is broken you are aware not to use the device. Be careful out there.