Police Investigate Fraudulent Credit Card Purchases
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Police are searching for leads in a case that involves fraudulent credit card purchases.
On March 14 and in the early hours of March 15, several purchases were made on the north end of town with a credit card number that had been stolen from a woman in Salt Lake City, according to Brian Maughan, a detective with the City of Twin Falls.
The woman noticed transactions from Twin Falls listed on her bank statement, but she still had her card with her. Maughan said the suspect likely got the card number from a skimmer and used it to make a counterfeit card.
Because the local businesses targeted were all on the extreme north of the city, Maughan said the suspect likely came by way of the interstate, got off in Twin Falls to use the card, and then left town.
A skimmer is a small portable device that records credit card information. Some businesses use them legally when transacting business away from the office, the police department included, Maughan said; but fraudulent people also have used skimming devices to gather information. It’s not a prevalent crime in the area, he said, but people should know that things like this do happen.
“Residents should not be afraid, but just aware,” he said. “People should keep an eye on their bank accounts regularly. If you see a charge that doesn’t belong, contact your bank.”
If you recognize the suspect in the photos or have any information about his whereabouts, contact the Twin Falls Police Department at 735-4357.