LEESBURG, GA (WALB) - Two people from New York are sitting in the Lee County Jail after they used forged credit cards at Fred's in Leesburg.
Daniel Rodriguez, 26, and Sable Stafford, 26, are charged with multiple counts forgery financial transaction cards.
Investigators have connected them to other thefts from Cuthbert to Warner Robins.
The two are believed to be part of a large organization.
Leesburg Police said criminals are stealing your credit card information, and making copies of your cards to spend how they please.
They said these criminals are using fake credit cards with real credit card information on them.
So far, police have been notified about fraudulent purchases similar to this in not only Leesburg, but also Albany, Cuthbert, Warner Robbins, and Dawson.
"I mean, this is all they do. They just go around and hit stores," Lt. James Vick said.
Leesburg Police are working to uncover a large operation where your credit card information is at stake.
"Basically what these individuals are doing, they're taking blank credit cards and using a machine to actually print out the account numbers of legitimate accounts," said Lt. Vick. "There are victims out there. Then putting their name on it so it would appear they were the person entitled to have that card."
But when these criminals go to the cash register to purchase the items with your account information, the card won't scan.
"Once it doesn't go through a couple of times, they'll say, 'Oh, well maybe the strip's messed up. Can you key it in?' And of course the clerk is going to key it in," he said. "And when he does, it comes back to a valid account."
Officers said a store manager at Fred's in Leesburg said Daniel Rodriguez and Sable Stafford used the fraudulent cards to purchase items on Tuesday.
And on Wednesday, police said they came back to do it again.
"A search of the vehicle, we were able to locate the property that was taken the day before, including the Home Depot and Lowe's cards, plus items from Belks and Dillards that were purchased," he said.
Lt. Vick said in all, they stole over $2,800.
So how'd they do it?
"They're covering over the security code," said Lt. Vick. "Because these cards haven't been activated, what they're doing is taking a piece of white paper and printing out the security code for the valid account, and taping it across."
He believes Rodriguez and Stafford are a part of a much larger operation, possibly centered out of Atlanta.
Now, they need the help of the public to track down more of these possible criminals.
If you are a store owner and believe you've had customers use this type of fraudulent card, call Leesburg Police at (229) 759-3334.
And Lieutenant Vick advises everyone to continuously check their accounts to look for fraudulent purchases on your account.
According to the Lee County Sheriff's Office, Rodriquez and Stafford are being charged with 3 counts of Financial Transaction Card Fraud.
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