Police: Clerks aren’t checking ID’s, credit card fraud on the rise

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE)- On video surveillance from the Target on Louisiana, a woman purchases a gift card, it appears to be a normal transaction, but police said it was anything but.

“It was a male’s name on the credit card and you see the female using the credit card,” said Simon Drobik with Albuquerque Police.

Drobik said the woman in the video was using a credit card stolen from a car in a gym parking lot.

“They racked up about $5,000 in charges within a two-hour time period,” said Drobik, as he explained there was also a man with her in line.

He said the card’s owner didn’t even know it was stolen until a week later.

“We’re seeing this over and over again, people are leaving stuff in their car, wallets, identification items,” he said.

Drobik said these crimes are going unreported and unnoticed until it’s too late.

“These guys are getting good and we gotta be ahead of them all the time,” said Drobik.

But he said there’s an even bigger problem, clerks in stores aren’t checking IDs with credit cards. The clerk in the Target surveillance video didn’t ask the woman for her ID although she was using a credit card with a male’s name on it.

“It’s a little bit lazy on their part, and now we’ve gotta deal with it,” said Drobik.

If a clerk doesn’t ask to see your ID, he said you can ask them why they aren’t checking.

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