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Police Investigating Cloned Credit Card Scam In Elmira

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The Elmira Police Department is currently investigating two cases where cloned credit cards were used to make purchases at a Rite Aid and Walgreens store within the city. One of the accounts cloned belonged to a victim in Arizona. Both cases appear to involve the same two suspects.  

Police released the following two pictures of the suspects:

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In a similar scheme, the “K1Crew” has been active in the northern parts of Pennsylvania and along the I95 corridor.  This particular group focuses on Target stores.  The cloned gift/bank cards require the cashier to punch the K1 key on the register in order for the transaction to go through.  If another retailer has an override key similar to the K1 at Target, the required use of said key should be of concern.   

Police say bank account information can be obtained through various means and sources and then utilized to make fake gift/bank/credit cards.  Identify theft through cyber-attacks, ATM/fuels station skimmer devices and pick pocketing of the physical cards themselves are just a few ways in which sensitive bank card information can be obtained and then exploited.

Retail stores are encouraged to be mindful of this criminal activity and educate their retail staff.  In both cases, the suspects had well over ten cards each that they would attempt to cycle through until one of the cards was accepted.  Pockets full of bank/gift cards should be a red flag.  The purchase of new gift cards through the use of old gift cards is also a suspicious activity.

Police ask that anyone with information contact them at 607-737-5626

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