Four Charged in McDonald's Credit Card Skimming Scam
CREDIT: Rene Sinn
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Four men have been charged with using a handheld skimming device to clone nearly 300 cards from customers at a Tulsa, Okla., McDonald's. The alleged crooks, the Associated Press reported, enlisted an unnamed employee at a South Zurich Avenue outpost of the fast food chain to capture the customer's card numbers for three weeks.
Daniel Jefferson, 20, allegedly gave the McDonald's employee the skimming device, and came to the employee's apartment after work each day to download the skimmed credit card numbers — about 282 of them — onto a laptop. He then cloned the cards and used the new fraudulent ones to buy iPads and laptops.
The McDonald's employee told authorities he was paid $600 and given two laptops and a Nintendo 3DS for his participation. A Secret Service agent told the Associated Press there are other suspects in the case.
Charged in an Ohio federal court along with Jefferson were Godlive Tetty-Mensah, 19, Stanjulfran Mensah, 21, and Bismark Baah, 20. All four men are from Ohio. Police arrested the gang of four on Oct. 16, on suspicion of using counterfeit credit cards at a Wal-Mart. Upon searching one of the suspect's vehicles, police found a laptop, a magnetic card reader and writer, three iPads and Wal-Mart receipts.
In a statement, McDonald's franchisee Bob Wagner said the credit-card skimming scam was an isolated incident and that the employee working with the Ohio criminals "is no longer employed by our organization."