Photos above published by the MPD
(Murfreesboro, TN) Fraudulent use of credit and debit cards continues to be a problem statewide and nationwide, costing credit card companies, banks, merchants and customers billions of dollars a year.
Locally, Murfreesboro police continue to receive reports of credit card fraud. In many cases, detectives are able to obtain photos of suspects using stolen credit cards at checkout, when stores have set up surveillance cameras. In fact, that was the scenario in one of many recent fraud cases.
The MPD reports that cameras captured “persons of interest” shortly after a woman visiting Murfreesboro had her wallet stolen. The Florida resident told officers she was inside Dillard’s on Old Fort Parkway at Mall Circle Drive when unidentified individuals pulled her wallet from her purse. The theft took place last Friday, August 19.
After the victim’s wallet was stolen, his credit/debit card was used a total of five times at Home Depot, which is across the street from Dillard’s. Transactions at the big-box hardware store totaled $1,800. Then the victim’s card was used at the finish line inside downtown Stones River. There, the thieves made two transactions, adding another $773 to his bill. The victim suffered losses amounting to over $2,500.
After spending ended, a new model Dodge Ram pickup truck was filmed leaving the area. Police also obtained photos of subjects inside Home Depot who were tagged as “persons of interest,” according to MPD public information officer Larry Flowers.
Detectives would like to speak to the duo who were photographed as soon as possible, but first they need to positively identify them and find out where they are. If you recognize the two women or the truck in the photo above this report, you are urged to contact MPD Detective Ed Gorham at 629-201-5507.
In the United States, ACI Payment Systems reported that 47% of cardholders are affected by credit/debit card fraud each year. The problem is even worse in Mexico, where 56% of cardholders are affected by fraud.
Globally, credit and debit card fraud matched losses which totaled more than $28 billion in 2020.
The penalty for credit card fraud in Tennessee varies depending on the amount of money involved. Sometimes suspects only face misdemeanor charges. But, if the amount of money stolen amounts to thousands, the suspect or suspects will be charged with a crime, which can amount to a prison term of 8 to 30 years.
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