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Waitress Busted Skimming Customers' Credit Cards

Woman used device to get bogus cards

Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Waitress Busted Skimming Customers' Credit CardsA waitress in Port Richey, Florida, was recently arrested for her role in a scam that ripped off customers at her restaurant for more than $5,000.

Kathryn Shana'e Perez was apprehended this week and charged with stealing the credit card information of consumers at her restaurant who made her work harder than most, according to a report from New Port Richey television station WTSP. She used the skimming device between May 30 and June 23, then gave the information to her cousin, who used it to make fraudulent cards.

"We do have more victims, we're working on locating them," Detective John Suess told the news station. "During the interview, she identified the people she skimmed were the ones that ran her around, made her work real hard. Maybe she's scared of a hard day's work."

Afterwards, the cousin would give the bogus pieces of plastic to his ex-girlfriend, who would buy items from Radio Shack and Wal-Mart, which was then sold for cash, the report said.

Adam Levin, chairman of Identity Theft 911, has more information about how consumers can protect themselves from fraud on his blog.

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