The suspects are using the stolen credit or debit card information to create bogus credit cards or make fraudulent purchases. Almost all of the victims are from Bowling Green or the surrounding area.
There are most likely two ways the information is being stolen:
1) It's possible the cards are being "skimmed." This is when a dishonest merchant has your card, passes it through an electronic card reader that is not the one at the business, and copies the card data.
2) The other possibility is that someone "hacked" into either the card reader at a business, or the processing company's computer system.
Bowling Green Police, the U.S Secret Service, MasterCard and Visa investigators, and several bank fraud units are assisting in the investigation. If you know anything about these identify thefts, please call Crime Stoppers at 781-CLUE or click here to get to the Crime Stoppers web site. You can earn up to $1,000 for your anonymous tip.