Two charged with credit card fraud
Frederick County sheriff’s deputies arrested and charged two men from Brooklyn, New York, with multiple counts of possession of fraudulent credit cards on Wednesday after one unsuccessfully attempted to buy cigarettes at a Handy Mart at 1571 Martinsburg Pike.
Capt. Donnie Lang of the Sheriff’s Office said that a deputy happened to be close by when a call came in from a clerk at the Frederick County store shortly before 2:30 a.m. After interviewing Glenroy Pierre, 27 and Steven Thomas, 32, deputies found a total of 31 fraudulent credit cards on the two men and in a vehicle.
According to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, the clerk had received an internal alert email sent out to area Handy Mart stores and that one of the two men who entered the store “matched the description in the email.” Lang said that the email didn’t warn about the two men specifically.
He said the Sheriff’s Office’s main goal since the apprehension has been to assure that there was no identity theft involved by calling in to credit card companies and checking card information. Many of the card numbers simply turned out to be fake.
“We’re still trying to figure out exactly who the victims are, if any,” he said.
Typically, Lang said that users of these embossed or manufactured cards buy up smaller amounts of cigarettes from multiple locations, then turn around and sell them for around three times the cost.
“We don’t feel that they were starters, the hackers or the embossers who print the cards, they were just the end users,” he said.
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