Thursday, July 21, 2011

Credit Card Fraud Warning

As you may have heard in the news, the Gallatin Police Department is investigating a number of credit card fraud cases. The technique believed used is most commonly referred to as Skimming, as of this date the number of victims will reach 100 with more complaints likely coming in today. So that you are aware, many of these cases may be connected to businesses around the Vol State campus, particularly in the Greensboro Village area. We advise students, faculty and staff to check their bank statements closely and to report any suspected purchases or withdrawals to the Gallatin Police Department. Gallatin Police have left forms with the Vol State Campus Police Dept. for victims to fill out. For your convenience, you may return the completed forms and supporting documentation in a sealed envelope to the Campus Police Dept. The investigators at the Gallatin Police Dept. are Detective Booth or Detective Helson at 452-1313 extension 243.

The process known as skimming is the theft of credit card information used in an otherwise legitimate transaction. The thief can procure a victims’ credit card number using basic methods such as photographing receipts, or more advanced methods such as using a small electronic device (skimmer) to swipe and store hundreds of credit card numbers. Common risk areas for skimming are restaurants, bars, ATM machines, convenience stores, gas pumps and anywhere that a card reader is used. A skimmer cannot be easily identified due to the variety of devices. An example: a strip of black electric tape attached to the side of a card reader could be a skimmer. However, it is typically an “inside job” by a business employee. The Campus Police Department is requesting that all areas on campus that utilize card readers examine their readers daily for any attachments or irregularities to their card reader equipment. If you have any further questions feel free to contact the Campus Police Dept. at extension 3595

To help identify the use of skimmers, please view the link below:

Thank you,

Campus Police Chief William Rogan

1 comment:

Nicole said...

"I'm surprised at the increase in crime we're seeing in Tennessee lately. Did you see that the Secret Service had to be called in for this credit card fraud case in Gallatin?"