Those affected by DeSoto debit card scams continues to increase - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Anna Marie Hartman

Those affected by DeSoto debit card scams continues to increase

Keri Given works as a receptionist at the DeSoto County Sheriff's Dept.  But her close contact with the law didn't protect her from becoming a victim of credit card fraud.

"I went to the bank to withdraw some money and there was none in there," Given said. 
One week before Christmas, almost $2,000 disappeared from Given's bank account. 

"They refunded my money, but it took them almost three weeks before I got my money back," Given said.

Given is one of hundreds who have fallen victim to a debit/credit card scam in DeSoto County. 

"It was out of Texas and Florida. I had a bunch of different charges," Given said.

It's a fraud theft ring that's gone global.  Fraudulent purchases have been made as far as away as St. Petersburg, Russia. 

The first cases were reported to DeSoto County investigators in November of last year.  But now there's evidence that the thefts may date back as far as February 2007.

"We're studying to get the most modern equipment that we can get to solve this crime," sheriff Bill Rasco said.

More than 240 cases have been reported in DeSoto County.

Given said new victims call in daily.
"For a while there we were slammed with people. It's slowed down, but we still have two or three people a day that call or come in and file," Given said.

Just how the thieves are getting the card numbers is still a mystery, and the Russian connection in this global crime is making the case harder to crack.

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