Police are looking for a woman believed to be using a “cloned” credit card to make purchases in Southern Pines and Aberdeen.
A surveillance photograph shared by the Southern Pines Police Department shows a woman officers say used a cloned credit card at a Dollar General on Old U.S. Highway 1 on April 15.
Police said the woman used the same credit card at other businesses in Southern Pines and Aberdeen.
Anyone who believes they know the identity of the woman is asked to contact the Southern Pines Police Department at (910) 692-7031.
Between 2004 and 2010 credit and debit card fraud is up 70 and 80 percent in the United States. For that same period in the United Kingdom, counterfeit credit card fraud was down 63 percent.
Experts say the reason fraud is down outside the U.S. is because most cards throughout Western Europe have an encrypted chip implanted in them. The U.S. is expected to begin implementing chip and pin card this year, but the rollout could take years to fully implement and could cost banks and retailers up to $11 billion.
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