Credit card cloning: Police investigating case in Lexington

By: Tamara Evans Email
By: Tamara Evans Email

Credit card cloning sounds like a technological wave of the future, but it's a scam circulating right now! Lexington Police are currently looking to find a man who transferred someones data to his card.

People cloning credit cards is a crime Lexington Police say they're fortunate they haven't had to deal too much with. This means your information and credit card data is being put on their cards.

"With the technology that exists today it is possible for them to take any card with a magnetic strip on the back of it and program the magnetic strip, providing the card will hold the information necessary, with the victim's credit card number," says Detective Jeremiah Davis with Lexington Police.

Recently that happened at a Walmart in Lexington and the person was caught on tape. A man is caught on tape using a credit card to pay for a laptop computer, then exiting the store. However, the credit card information that was scanned belonged to someone in Florida.

"Despite the fact that his original card is still in his possession in Florida," says Detective Jeremiah Davis.

Detective Jeremiah Davis says this type of fraud isn't uncommon, and is something officers are dealing with more and more often.

"The victim may have had their card skimmed, or the number retrieved off the Internet and then an individual creates a cloned card or a duplicate card to mirror the original card when it rung up at the register," says Detective Jeremiah Davis.

Police continue to search for the man responsible for this type of crime that happened at a Lexington Walmart. If you have information on this case, give Crime Stoppers a call at 859-253-2020.

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  • by pc Location: berea, ky on Jun 29, 2010 at 09:46 AM
    I stopped using my GM credit card in Nov 2009, but did not cancel the card. In March 2010 GM called me at home and said my card was trying to be using in New York -I advised them it WAS fraud and that I had both cards issued to me in front of me. Soon after GM card notified me the card was presented during the sale and that I was responsible for the sales. The total was between $200-$300 dollars. Presently GM has notified me that the cards are cancelled and they are proceeding to investigate - however - in the meanwhile they have reported to the credit bureaus of NON-PAYMENT - GM said that since the card was used in the purchase (even though it was in my pocket in Kentucky) that I must have been the one to use the card. I continue to fight with GM and suspect my card was also cloned - and most likely by someone at GM credit card services.
  • by Stacy Location: Texas on Jun 28, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    It is happening more and more. I am online now researching how often this has happened because it just happened to me. I live in North Texas and my card was used in Middle New Mexico.
  • by Monica Location: KY on Jun 23, 2010 at 05:16 AM
    So, where is his picture????
  • by randall Location: lexington on Jun 22, 2010 at 05:51 PM
    I just cannot believe that this is happening now. Folks with credit cards are going to really need to watch out for the scam artists and whatever else. To me,credit card cloning is just like identity theft in a way. I have a debit card and I always try to watch my back regardless. Also, I pretty much do not lend out my credit card to anyone else period. I do not even lend it out to my own family members.
  • by Sal Location: Lexington on Jun 22, 2010 at 03:37 PM
    We can all relax,the Lexington police department is investigating!


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