Credit-card fraud victims who used Sierra Madre gas station reaches 230
The number of credit-fraud victims who patronized a Sierra Madre gas station that is under investigation has grown to 230, police said Wednesday.
Diaz said she expects the number of victims to grow as customers who bought gas at the station within the last six months check their credit card statements. Losses are already running in excess of $60,000.
Police say 75% of the victims are local residents who used credit cards at the station. Diaz said the fraud scheme does not involve any other stations in the city, and officers have checked for so-called credit-card skimmers on gas station pumps, which surreptitiously record users' credit card information. No skimmers were found.
The first victim reported an identity theft to police Dec. 27 after using her credit card at the station.
Most of the multiple transaction cases involved ATM and retail transactions. Six cases involved six transactions each and one involved nine transactions.
The highest loss from an individual case was $3,782.
-- Richard Winton
Photo: Crime scene tape at EVG gas in Sierra Madre. Credit: Richard Winton / Los Angeles Times