Stolen credit card numbers used at area Wal-Marts

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - Authorities hope you can identify a number of people they believe are cashing in on stolen credit card information, and there are victims who may not know their cards are being used.

Last month, several people reported their credit or debit cards were used at Wal-Mart stores around the state. But the victims still had their cards, so the sheriff's office thinks the information was taken with a credit card skimmer, such as the kind found in pumps at area stations, and used to create new cards.

They were used at Wal-Marts in Appleton, Chilton, De Pere, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Hartford, Oshkosh, Plymouth and Sheboygan between March 18 and March 21, before the accounts were deactivated.

They were used at self-checkouts and usually to buy a Wal-Mart gift card or increase the balance on a gift card. The gift cards were then spent in Florida, Illinois, and North Carolina. Investigators think there are other people involved to withdraw funds in those states.

The investigation also uncovered dozens more transactions, leading deputies to think there are other victims whose card information is being used.

The sheriff's office estimates the losses are in the tens of thousands of dollars.

One suspect, seen in camouflage clothing and cap, was caught on surveillance at Wal-Mart stores in Appleton, De Pere, Fond du Lac, Green Bay, Oshkosh and Sheboygan on March 18 and March 19.

Another, a light-skinned male, was caught on surveillance at stores in Chilton, Hartford, Plymouth and Sheboygan on March 21. He was with a woman who was making similar purchases that deputies suspect were fraudulent. They left in a white pick-up truck with a pushbar on the front bumper.

Deputies believe they're working together, because they used the same victim's card information.

Anyone who may recognize these suspects or can help the investigation can call the Brown County Sheriff's Office at (920) 448-4230 or provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867. You can also text tips anonymously to 274637 with the word GBTIP followed by the information.

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