Spencer Police looking for man using cloned credit card

Published 12:00 am Friday, August 28, 2015

By Shavonne Walker


SPENCER — Police are seeking the public’s help in identifying a man they say stole credit card information from a Union County man and bought items with the cloned card at Spencer stores.

The man is seen on store surveillance video going into Dollar General and Food Lion on Aug. 23, said Police Chief Michael James.

The victim said he’s never been to Spencer and his credit card was still inside his wallet. The suspect was able to obtain the victim’s credit card information, in a process known as cloning or skimming, and put those details onto a counterfeit card.

James said the growing trend among criminals is happening throughout the United States, but it has not occurred in Spencer prior to this incident.

He said the suspect, wearing a dark T-shirt and dark pants, used the cloned card to buy a water bottle, a greeting card in one store and a greeting card and a “green card” or pre-paid debit/credit card in the other.

James said the pre-paid debit/credit cards are then easier to manipulate that the counterfeit or cloned credit card.

A reward up to $1,000 is being offered that leads to the arrest of the suspect. Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-866-639-5245.