LEE COUNTY, Fla.- Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers is asking for the public's help identifying three men who are suspected of using a stolen debit card to rack up several hundred dollars in fraudulent purchases.
According to detectives, the victim noticed on July 7th that her debit card had been used at the Walmart store on Six Mile Cypress Parkway the day prior, unbeknownst to her. Upon reviewing surveillance footage of the purchases, detectives believe three men, who walked into the store individually, made the initial purchases. During the course of the investigation, detectives learned that the victim's debit card was subsequently used a few days later in Hernando County for an unknown amount of money. The victim was in possession of her debit card at all times, and it's unknown where or when her card information was compromised.
"In an era of such advanced technology, it is unfortunately very easy for scammers to acquire stolen credit or debit card numbers, and then pass them along to others," said Trish Routte, Crime Stoppers Coordinator. "Even when you have physical possession of your card, there is always the possibility that someone may have swiped your information at some point, only to use that information for their personal gain at a later date. The best advice is to be vigilant in monitoring all credit/debit card activity by checking your bank's website on a frequent basis, if not a daily basis."
Anyone with information on the identities and whereabouts of these three men is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477). All callers will remain anonymous and will be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Tips may also be made online at www.swflcrimestoppers.org or by texting a tip to CRIMES (274637) Keyword: REWARD.