Boise Police officers are currently investigating a series of fraudulent charges made by a group of people at a number of local Boise businesses this past week.
What Happened: Officers are investigating the use of fraudulent credit cards with real card information at four businesses. The victim who the credit information belonged to is not local. In each case, the suspects went into local businesses and presented a credit card which would not swipe, but must be hand-keyed in by the clerk. In one case, the suspects purchased gift cards. At the other businesses they purchased different goods. All told, the suspects were able to make away with over $4,600.00 in goods and gift cards.
Suspect Description: The suspects are described as two black male adults, one possibly with facial hair, and one black female. (see included pictures)
Contact Crime Stoppers: Anyone with any information about the suspects is asked to contact Crime Stoppers: at 208-343-COPS (2677), www.343COPS.com, or leave a tip using the “P3 Tips” app for your mobile device.
Tips to avoid Fraud:
-Businesses are encouraged to use the chip technology embedded in credit and debit cards and avoid hand-keying card numbers into their registers.
-With the number of data breaches and information available to ID thieves, it is highly recommended that cardholders review bank and credit card statements at least once per month and review credit reports yearly at a minimum.