Police: suspects used cloned credit cards to buy merchandise

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GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Police are searching for two men who used cloned credit cards to buy merchandise at stores.

Investigators believe the suspects got the card numbers by using a skimming machine which reads the card's numbers. Detectives say the suspects then made duplicate credit cards.

The cloned cards were used March 22 and 23 at Walmart's in Goose Creek and Summerville. They also were used at a Publix store in Goose Creek and a Bi-Lo in Moncks Corner.

Police say the suspects bought gift cards and then used those cards to get merchandise.

Investigators say the thought of having your credit card cloned is frightening. "Indeed it is. When your credit card is in your wallet at home and you realize someone else is doing swipe transactions with what would otherwise appear to be your card," said Goose Creek Police Capt. John Grainger.

Police aren't sure if the two suspects are working as a team, but note the crimes were similar and happened just a day apart.

If you have any information, call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111. You don't have to give your name and may earn a cash reward.

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