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Credit card skim-scam waitress arrested

Post by News Tribune Staff on Feb. 21, 2008 at 1:25 pm | No Comments »
February 21, 2008 1:25 pm

A Lakewood waitress suspected of stealing customers credit information has been arrested.

Here’s what Sgt. Mike Zaro of the Lakewood Police told King 5 TV:

“Somewhere between taking the credit card, running it to pay for the meal and returning the credit card, she would slide the card through what is called a skimmer. It’s a little electronic device that can be palmed easily and hidden easily, and what that device would do would copy all the information that’s on the magnetic strip on the back of the credit cards. Something like this takes seconds to swipe a card through a skimmer and steal all of your information.”

The waitress allegedly passed stolen card numbers on to three men who made false credit cards, which they used to make purchases at Wal-Marts in Lakewood and Spanaway.

Eight victims have been identified and police are still looking for three other suspects involved in the skim scam at the Applebee’s in Lakewood. The thefts apparently took place in December and January.

A credit card skimmer, left; a Bic lighter, right.

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