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Police investigate fraudulent gift cards

By Melissa Steele | Nov 20, 2013
Source: Delaware State Police Police are searching for this man in connection with fake gift card purchases.

Delaware State Police are searching for two men police say are connected to a gift card scam.

The men – or someone they are working with – have obtained credit card information over the computer and dowloaded the stolen information onto fake gift cards, said Master Cpl. Gary Fournier, Delaware State Police spokesman.

The men have gone to supermarkets in the Lewes and Long Neck areas and have run the bogus cards through store card readers at the checkout counters to purchase legitimate money cards, Fournier said.

The transaction often runs about $400; the credit card owners whose information was stolen contacted their credit card company to notify them of the charge, Fournier said.

Purchases were reported at area supermarkets from October to November.

Police are looking for two men in connection with the purchases. One is black with a thin build, wearing a dark jacket with yellow stripes and an insignia over the left breast and a black knit cap. The second man is black, of medium build, wearing a dark-colored winter jacket and a black knit hat. Fournier said they may have been driving a dark blue Dodge Neon.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call Sgt. Charles Groce at 856-5850 ext. 207, 1-800-TIP-3333, text 274637 using keyword DSP, go to www.tipsubmit.com or download an app at http://www.delaware.gov/apps/.

 

This is one of two men who bought money cards using a fake gift card, police say. (Source: Delaware State Police)
This is the second man police are searching for. (Source: Delaware State Police)
Police say the men may have been driving in a dark blue Dodge Neon. (Source: Delaware State Police)
The front of a fake gift card. (Source: Delaware State Police)
The back of a fake gift card. (Source: Delaware State Police)
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