Consumer Alert: Scammers target dormant credit card accounts

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - If you think those credit cards you are no longer using are off limits to con artists, you're wrong. Your dormant accounts might be the most susceptible to fraud.

Work on a strip mall came to a halt after the contractors were arrested for their role in a scam like this. It cost consumers more than half a million dollars. It all started with one bad credit card employee.

"She knew that these were dormant accounts which the businesses had lost track of, so she would go in manipulate the account," says U.S. Postal Inspector Mona Hernandez.

She would create new credit cards based on these dormant accounts and ask accomplices to use the cards.

"Multiple contractors were arrested in this case, many of them were recruited as the runners to purchase equipment that was used for the purposes of building materials," says Hernandez.

The contractors would buy construction equipment and either sell it or use it on their projects. In all, there were 50 victims. Postal inspectors caught the mastermind behind the scheme.

"She ended up confessing to compromising 30-40 dormant accounts," says Hernandez.

Inspectors have some advice for consumers.

"This is something that can affect anyone, not just businesses," Hernandez says. "If they have accounts that are dormant or unused they have to get those closed."

Postal inspectors also recommend checking your credit report, which may indicate any unused or dormant accounts in your name.

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