New identity theft scheme targeting St. Louis area families - KMOV.com

New identity theft scheme targeting St. Louis area families

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – Police said they have arrested three people who were allegedly involved in an identity theft scheme that has targeted St. Louis.

Authorities said the suspects who were arrested are from Michigan but were arrested in Maryland Heights. Police said the three came to town with dozens of prepaid MasterCards, but the cards were not functioning as gift cards. The cards were actually re-coded with actual credit card numbers belonging to dozens of St. Louis area residents.

Thursday, Maryland Heights police found the three suspects in possession of the prepaid cards, more than 12 fake identifications, and thousands of dollars’ worth of iPads and Xbox game consoles which were bought at local Best Buy locations.

Police said the suspects have been on the radar of the FBI. Authorities believe the scheme could be directly connected to the recent data breaches at several stores.

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