Police issue warning after string of credit card

A credit card scam ring has been busy in Medford this week, totalling up thousands of dollars in fraudulent charges in numerous stores, police said.

The group appeared on police radar on Thursday, when two female suspects, one black and one white, used stolen debit and credit cards to buy numerous prepaid debt cards from 7-Eleven on Crater Lake Avenue.

The suspects bought eight of these cards, with a total value of $4,000. The suspects are believed to be using counterfeit debit and credit cards with IDs from Oregon and California residents.

The suspects then take the prepaid cards and make purchases across town, police said.

Reports came filtering into Medford police on Thursday from out-of-state victims who reported fraudulent charges were being made on their credit cards. One victim from New York said charges showed up on his card at Walmart and Food-4-Less in Medford.

Gift cards were among the items purchased at these stores. Store security at Food-4-Less was able to identify the suspect vehicle.

The suspectsin this case, reported as two black male adults, were seen driving a white Ford pickup with a California license plate number 6PPZ188. The pickup had a canopy over the bed.

Also on Thursday, two black male adults entered Walgreens on West Main Street in Medford and bought $3,800 in items, to include prepaid credit cards.

The suspects performed four separate transactions, leaving to their vehicle and returning to the store. One suspect possibly had a California driver's license with the first name of "Jennifer," police said.

Later on that morning, two Hispanic males entered the Walgreens on East Barnett Road in Medford and attempted to purchase $611 in items, which included prepaid credit cards.

The store manager believed the males demeanor and activity was suspicious and refused the purchase. The items were voided and returned to their respected locations. The store manager believed the males were driving a green Buick Century, police said.

In all the cases, it is believed the suspects are using counterfeit credit cards with unwitting victims' information.

If anyone has any information that might assist in identifying suspects in these cases please contact the Medford Police Department at 541-770-4784.

Reach reporter Chris Conrad at 541-776-4471 or email cconrad@mailtribune.com.

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