The Collier County Sheriff’s Office said Florida Highway Patrol found a skimmer and dozens of fraudulent cards during a traffic stop on Alligator Alley in Collier County. A traffic stop was initially carried out due to the dark tint of the window of the suspicious car.
The soldiers also found 64 pre-packaged bags of marijuana.
State soldiers could smell the bags as soon as they stopped the car, according to the report.
“It’s very sad because you are working hard,” said Yolanda Eugene. “So that someone just gets your information and just uses it.”
Three suspects were arrested after the traffic stopped. Investigators say Athaliah Dickenson, Unique Harris and Donte Powell were also found with a skimmer when state soldiers searched their car near milepost 96 on the driveway.
Of the 30 credit cards found, some were re-encoded or had someone else’s name on them.
“I have had my information stolen at least once or maybe twice,” said.
“One evening… I got an alert that someone was using my card for a video call in jail,” Eugene said.
Eugene says that today she pays for gasoline with cash and does not share her numbers over the phone.
“Even on the Internet,” Eugene said. “I am not a person with a credit card. Anyone, they will tell you that I tell them, “Are you ordering something on the Internet? I do not do it. I don’t do it for this reason, credit card fraud. “
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“Pull your credit report at least once a year, and go through your credit card statement every month to make sure there aren’t any fraudulent statements out there,” Kolko said.
Kolko also recommends keeping receipts, so it’s easy to keep track of what you buy on your card.