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Hinds detectives bust high-tech fraud scheme

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Hinds County Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Jeffrey Scott says non-descript electronics were essential in a scheme to steal cash from unsuspecting fast food restaurant customers in Jackson.

24-year-old Samuel Craft of Michigan faces charges of possession of a stolen credit card and a counterfeit device. 25-year-old Dominique Mayes of Jackson is charged with possession of a stolen credit card and marijuana. They were both arrested At 2983 Randolph Street on September 13.

Scott says the scam was executed when Mayes worked the drive-through window, and took a customer's debit or credit card. "What she would do is take this small data storage device, she would swipe it, just that quickly she's stolen your credit card information," Scott says. "They take that information, download it on a computer, then they would take this device, basically a re-writer, the information they've stolen, they would transfer that information to the magnetic strip that goes on back of the credit card."

Scott says consumers should try to conduct transactions where their credit card is always in view. And since debit and credit card information can be lifted so easily by sophisticated equipment, Scott says metal wallets are becoming more popular. Scanners cannot penetrate them.

Hinds County worked with Trustmark Bank to investigate the crime.

Craft and Mayes are both being held at the Hinds County Detention Center. Scott says other jurisdictions will be investigating the matter as well.

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