HPD looking to solve multiple credit card fraud cases

HPD looking to solve multiple credit card fraud cases
Credit card fraud suspects are being sought around the Hub City. Source: WDAM

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Hattiesburg Police Department is asking for the public's help in solving half a dozen credit card fraud cases in the Hub City.

People have continued to fall victim to card skimmers, from ATMs to gas pumps, and their card numbers are being used in multiple credit card fraud cases.

Card skimmers target anyone and everyone and perpetrators can use those card numbers anywhere they please.

"Watch your pin numbers, be cautious of where your cards at and check your balances," said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler.

Watching your account balance and card information is a quick way to know when something's compromised.

Persons of interest have been reported using fraudulent credit card information at Walgreens, Best Buy, Wal-Mart, Dandy Dan's, CVS, Home Depot, TJ Maxx and other various department stores around the Hub City in December 2016, and January 2017.

"We just ask the public, if there is anything they see on any of these videos/(photos), please give us a call so that we can try to get these suspects and get them behind bars," said Traxler.

Solving some of these small cases of credit card fraud, can ultimately lead to other arrests and other cases.

"Anytime you have a case, period…it leads to something else, that's one of the things we want to remind the public," said Traxler. "By us catching them it could be us stopping another type of crime, you know the money or whatever they were gaining from it could be used in other types of crimes."

When you are using your card, whether it be at a gas pump, ATM, or anywhere else, be extra cautious.

"I just remind the public to just use caution, be aware of your surroundings, anybody, something that does not look normal, may not be normal, give us a call, let us check it out," said Traxler.

If you do realize your information has been stolen, or fraudulent charges on your account, address the issue immediately.

"First thing to do is contact your bank, if you notice something suspicious on your account, contact your bank immediately, and then contact us," said Traxler. "We will come to you or you can come here to the police department we'll do a police report for you."

If you recognize any of the people listed in the photos, contact Hattiesburg police or Metro Crime Stoppers at 601-582-STOP.