Police Release Details of Credit Card 'Skimming' Operation
Updated: Friday, April 26 2013, 08:39 PM EDT
COLUMBUS -- Police say dozens of central Ohio workers were part of a credit card 'skimming' ring that targeted victims at multiple restaurants.
Investigators raided two NE Columbus homes on Thursday, where they seized equipment used to steal credit card information, also known as skimming.
The six suspects arrested during the raids were all from the same area of Africa, according to police. They are believed to have provided skimming equipment to employees of 3 to 5 central Ohio restaurants, who were paid $10 per stolen card number.
The suspects allegedly used the stolen card numbers to buy gift cards or electronics, although some were shared with parties overseas.
Police have not released the names of the restaurants involved in the crimes, but say the businesses' managers are cooperating with the investigation.
Employees believed to have been involved in the skimming have been fired, and are expected to face charges.
Investigators told ABC 6/FOX 28 the crime ring used card numbers to steal hundreds-of-thousands of dollars.
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