‘Something fishy’ tip leads to San Francisco Bayview ID theft operation 

click to enlarge ACCORDING TO POLICE, A MAN AND HIS GIRLFRIEND ALLEGEDLY HAD BEEN “SKIMMING” CREDIT CARD INFORMATION FROM A GAS STATION WHERE ONE OF THEM USED TO WORK. (AP FILE PHOTO)
  • According to police, a man and his girlfriend allegedly had been “skimming” credit card information from a gas station where one of them used to work. (AP file photo)

An anonymous tipster led Bayview officers last week to a “huge credit fraud and identity theft ring,” San Francisco police said.

A phone call from the source reported “something fishy was going on” at a residence near Cameron and Nichols ways, and officers went to check it out at about 1 p.m. Wednesday, cops said.

A female resident told them she thought her uncle, who was staying in one of the home’s bedrooms, was up to some illegal activity because people were coming to the home at all hours and she kept hearing “a strange clicking noise” when he and his girlfriend were in there, according to police.

Officers arrested the man after finding he had a warrant out of Berkeley for theft.

Inside the bedroom, officers found a credit card embossing machine, a stolen computer, hotel booking confirmations with names and credit card numbers, and credit and gift cards, SFPD said.

According to police, the pair allegedly had been “skimming” credit card information from a gas station where one of them used to work. Hacked confirmations from Booking.com, an online hotel reservations company, were also found.

The investigation revealed the suspects were using the information to create new credit cards, which were then used to purchase items and then sell them for cash or over the Internet, police said.

Both suspects were booked. The investigation is ongoing.

aburack@sfexaminer.com

 

Items found at home

  • Stolen computer
  • Credit card embossing machine
  • Magnetic “skimmer”
  • Credit cards
  • Booking confirmations with consumers’ credit card information
  • Gift cards

Source: Bayview police

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