Rip-Off Alert | Credit card fraud scammer strikes thousands with unauthorized purchases
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Do you check your bank statements and online banking daily?
If you don't, you might after hearing this story.
One scammer managed to rip off a lot of people with a few unauthorized purchases.
Simone Keevert is blunt and to the point when it comes to warning other consumers about credit card fraud.
"I cross my T's and dot my I's … some scumbag can still come in and wipe me out and do me harm," said Keevert. "I'm a person who checks my online banking every day."
Before she left to buy groceries one day, she saw something strange on her statements.
"There was a $35 charge on there that I didn't make ... for diet pills," said Keevert.
She immediately began contesting the charges with her Salt Lake City bank and called the diet pill company and spoke to Jason Taylor.
"He was very eloquent, very pleasant, and he was going to hook me up and get me my money back and the next day the phone number was changed," said Keevert.
Postal inspectors say Taylor bought a stolen credit card database on the black market.
He would ask individuals to open merchant accounts for phony companies and charge the cards.
"In one instance, he processed just in a two-week period, $3.1 million in transactions, which represents a very small scope of his overall scam," said U.S. Postal Inspector Jaime Wissler.
Keevert's card was charged $35 for diet pills, then later, $70 for another service.
"Her, individually, maybe only give or take, $100, but if you multiply that by tens, or hundreds of thousands of victims or as many transactions as they can possibly carry out then it becomes very significant," said Wissler.
Inspectors say there were 300,000 victims.
"He was driven by greed and nothing else. It was not legitimate," said Wissler.
"It's too bad they don't use all those smarts to do some good for the world … instead of hassling grandmas. Because it was a hassle for me," said Keevert.
Taylor was sentenced to more than three years in jail and ordered to pay restitution to his victims. Postal inspectors say the only way to battle credit card fraud is to stay on top of your statements and check your credit quarterly.