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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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