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Powell Detective Says Skimming Ring Largest He's Seen

POWELL (Tara Morgan) -- Police are shutting down what one detective calls one of the largest credit card skimming rings he's ever seen.

More than one hundred people have been targeted in central Ohio and there could be more victims out there.

Investigators in Powell, Delaware county and city as well as Westerville and the Secret Service are all working on the case.

Powell Police Detective Darren Smith says mostly fast food workers would be recruited to steal credit card numbers with skimming devices for $5.00 a number.

The crooks would then go shopping with re-encoded credit or gift cards for electronics including IPADS.

Smith says a boss would control skimmers and runners.  The skimmers would get the numbers and the boss would turn around and have the runners go shopping.

"We were able to track down the suspect via video," said Smith.

Investigators tallied more than $100,000 in retail loss at stores throughout central Ohio.

"The best thing you can do is make sure your credit card doesn't leave line of sight," said Smith

Call police if you think your credit card has been compromised.


 
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