Boise police need help identifying three people — two men and a woman — believed to be using stolen credit card numbers at Boise stores.
Officers said Friday that they are investigating the use of fraudulent cards with real card information at four Boise businesses.
In each case, the suspects went into local businesses and presented a credit card that would not swipe, so the numbers had to be hand-entered by the clerk. In one case, the suspects purchased gift cards. At the other businesses they purchased items from the store.
The suspects were able take a total of $4,600 worth of goods and gift cards. The fraud victim in the case is not local, according to the Boise Police Department.
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The suspects are described as two black male adults, one possibly with facial hair, and one black female, according to police.
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 mobile devices.
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 identity 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.