By Luke Robins
Clinton County Staff Reporter
ST. JOHNS – The number of credit card fraud victims has increased over the past year. Through September, the total is up to 25 which is 11 more than occurred all of last year.
The police chief of the St. Johns Police Department, Kyle Knight, said that as technology gets better, it only makes crimes like these easier to pull off.
Knight said, “I feel that due to technology and the way that people are committing fraud has allowed them to be more discreet.”
According to Knight, it has become much more of a problem because of how easy it is to call. They call pretending to be from a bank, the IRS, or even a family member in need. Then they ask for personal information or for money in forms like Green Dot prepaid cards.
Knight said, “They are essentially telemarketers.”
Knight added that, unlike before, these crimes are not being committed by local citizens, but rather from different states and countries. There is a lot of concern because they do not have the resources to be able to deal with crimes like that.