Plainfield Wendy's worker allegedly s...

Plainfield Wendy's worker allegedly stole Credit card info

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Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#2 Dec 28, 2007
Collins_Collins_Co wrote:
Food worker arrested for debit card scam
December 28, 2007
By JANET LUNDQUIST The Herald News
PLAINFIELD -- Police say a fast-food worker went on an extended shopping spree this fall, financed by some of her customers' checking accounts.
The worker at a Plainfield Wendy's restaurant allegedly stole up to 50 debit card numbers from drive-through customers by swiping them through her own electronic card reader.
Police arrested Tina Swopes, 18, of Joliet earlier this month while she was working her shift. She faces seven counts of identity theft.
Swopes claimed to have been swiping debit card numbers from customers for about two weeks, police said.
A manager at Wendy's, 13407 S. Route 59, Thursday said he could not comment on Swopes' case.
Authorities say Swopes downloaded the numbers she stored in the card reader to a computer, uploaded them to an empty debit card and went shopping.
"She'd spend until the card was declined," said Plainfield police Det. Carianne Siegel. "It depended on how much the person had in their checking account."
About 10 victims who noticed strange debits to their checking accounts in September and early October contacted Plainfield police.
Most of the illegal purchases were made in Villa Park, Siegel said. Many of them were at gas stations and liquor stores.
Some purchases were made in Joliet - including the one that led investigators to Swopes, at a store where she filled out a frequent buyer application.
Looks like there's a job opening for ya!

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jimmy D

Lake In The Hills, IL

#3 Dec 28, 2007
Just another reason for me to hate drive-throughs!!

“You're guilty as sin!”

Since: Aug 07

Will County IL

#4 Dec 29, 2007
The same exact thing just happened at Value City. I got a call from the Lockport Police Dept a few weeks back telling me that some employee had my credit card info in his computer, along with tons of others. Luckily he hadnt done anything with my credit card yet. So many people are scared to pay their bills online because they dont want their info out there. Looks like you need to worry more about whos hand you put your card into these days.

Since: May 07

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#5 Dec 29, 2007
Too Close to Home wrote:
The same exact thing just happened at Value City. I got a call from the Lockport Police Dept a few weeks back telling me that some employee had my credit card info in his computer, along with tons of others. Luckily he hadnt done anything with my credit card yet. So many people are scared to pay their bills online because they dont want their info out there. Looks like you need to worry more about whos hand you put your card into these days.
I feel more secure paying online than I do at a location where someone else handles my card. I prefer to use the swipe method as opposed to having a handwritten receipt as many places still use. I also check online daily as to what charges have come through on my card to make sure there is nothing fishy.
Another scam that I heard about was the installation of a false card reader on some ATM's. I'm trying to find the information so I can share it, but I'm not having much luck. It was basically that a false slot was added to ATM machines that would read the card and transmit the information to a remote computer. I have no idea how someone could pull this off since most ATM's are monitored daily and I'm assuming that the person in charge of them would notice this additional piece of hardware on it.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#6 Dec 29, 2007
How in the world did she download these numbers to a computer and then upload them to a blank debit card? Sounds like she might have had help from someone that either worked for a bank or a credit card company.
Les

Chicago, IL

#7 Dec 29, 2007
Stargazer1 wrote:
How in the world did she download these numbers to a computer and then upload them to a blank debit card?
Shear genius...it was bound to happen. Wendy's only hires people with extremely high intelligence. Ever notice how they NEVER get your order wrong when you go through the drive-up window.
Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#8 Dec 29, 2007
Too Close to Home wrote:
The same exact thing just happened at Value City. I got a call from the Lockport Police Dept a few weeks back telling me that some employee had my credit card info in his computer, along with tons of others. Luckily he hadnt done anything with my credit card yet. So many people are scared to pay their bills online because they dont want their info out there. Looks like you need to worry more about whos hand you put your card into these days.
My mother, who is basically disabled, received a bill with a huge gym work-out station, as well as VCR's, etc. She called and it turns out that an employee of Sears had stolen and used her credit card to purchase the items for themself.

You really do need to watch these clerks. WHENEVER they do a credit card transaction and need to do it manually with the little card imprint machine, I always make sure that I get the copy and that they throw the other copy in the locked drawer of the register BEFORE I leave them. Also, I never give them my phone number or any other info. In fact, when they request my phone number, as they usually do now days saying it's just for marketing purposes (coupons, etc.), I always say "I'll give you mine, if you give me yours". I've never had one take me up on that yet. Though, they usually ARE all woman, lol!

“You're guilty as sin!”

Since: Aug 07

Will County IL

#9 Dec 29, 2007
Stargazer1 wrote:
How in the world did she download these numbers to a computer and then upload them to a blank debit card? Sounds like she might have had help from someone that either worked for a bank or a credit card company.
They said most of the money was charged at gas stations...all in one area.(the same gas station maybe?) that leads me to believe she may have known someone who worked at a gas station who used the credit card numbers to purchase gas cards from that particular gas station.

“Mankind, a work in progress”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#10 Dec 29, 2007
What I thought was disturbing about this story, was the too much infomation I noted from Channel 2. I thought they brought forward to much information about the so called, "shimming" device and how they can be purchased. They are called Credit Card Reading device. If you look it up on google,...it will tell you where you can buy these things and how much. The rest would just require some Computer knowledge and obtaining I guess blank Credit cards and transferring the information on to them. Someone had mentioned to me that there is a way to do it and it is not hard.
This is very scary!

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#11 Dec 29, 2007
AVALON EWO wrote:
What I thought was disturbing about this story, was the too much infomation I noted from Channel 2. I thought they brought forward to much information about the so called, "shimming" device and how they can be purchased. They are called Credit Card Reading device. If you look it up on google,...it will tell you where you can buy these things and how much. The rest would just require some Computer knowledge and obtaining I guess blank Credit cards and transferring the information on to them. Someone had mentioned to me that there is a way to do it and it is not hard.
This is very scary!
They said it was a debit card that she uploaded the numbers to. Could it possibly be one of those branded cards from a bank that is given as a gift card, such as one thru Mastercard or Visa? I know MidAmerica Bank has a branded gift card through Visa that can be purchased and used the same as if it was a gift card from a store. When you use a gift card at a store, maybe there should be a shredder right there that the clerk is required to insert the gift card into after it is used up. I don't think this girl was alone in this, I'm sure there are others involved, we just have to wait and see the outcome.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#13 Dec 29, 2007
Les wrote:
<quoted text>
Shear genius...it was bound to happen. Wendy's only hires people with extremely high intelligence. Ever notice how they NEVER get your order wrong when you go through the drive-up window.
That explains the lack of common sense. It has been said that the higher a person's intelligence, the less common sense they possess. Now I know why, when going thru a drive thru window, alone, and having ordered 2 or more combo meals with drinks, that I have to ASK for a drink tray. And usually when I do, I get that look from the clerk as if I was asking them to hand carry it home for me. NO COMMON SENSE! But I'll bet lunch that they are charter members of Mensa. NOT!
There is a Wendy's in Naperville on 95th that has older adults working the window. On the rare occasion that I go there and get lunch for more than just myself, I never have to ask for a tray, it is automatic, and they are very professional. But in the evening when kids are working, or during the summer when there are more kids than adults there, orders are messed up, drink trays are extinct, and the wait is unmentionable. They give the term "fast food" a bad name. LOL

“Got to repel the liberal horde”

Since: May 07

Westmont, IL

#14 Dec 29, 2007
This girl had to be connected to someone that supplied her with the card reader equipment. I can't imagine an 18yo girl being so computer savvy. She had to swipe the customer's card twice. Once through Wendy's equipment and once through her card reader. I bet someone else will be arrested soon, although I don't think it's illegal to possess such equipment. The card number, complete with pin number, is on the magnetic strip on the back of your card. You have to watch the clerk very closely to make sure they don't swipe your card twice in two different readers. If they do, call Security immediately! I saw all this on a television show. As for the attachment people put on ATM's, they look like they're part of the ATM, but keep rejecting the card. You assume the machine isn't working when actually the reader took the information off the card and gave it back to you. One group put a fake ATM machine in a store where it collected a bunch of card numbers. The people returned to replace the machine because it wasn't working. On the video you could see they were dressed like security staff. The machine never dispensed cash while it kept seemingly rejecting cards.

Since: May 07

Location hidden

#15 Dec 29, 2007
JR in Crest Hill wrote:
This girl had to be connected to someone that supplied her with the card reader equipment. I can't imagine an 18yo girl being so computer savvy. She had to swipe the customer's card twice. Once through Wendy's equipment and once through her card reader. I bet someone else will be arrested soon, although I don't think it's illegal to possess such equipment. The card number, complete with pin number, is on the magnetic strip on the back of your card. You have to watch the clerk very closely to make sure they don't swipe your card twice in two different readers. If they do, call Security immediately! I saw all this on a television show. As for the attachment people put on ATM's, they look like they're part of the ATM, but keep rejecting the card. You assume the machine isn't working when actually the reader took the information off the card and gave it back to you. One group put a fake ATM machine in a store where it collected a bunch of card numbers. The people returned to replace the machine because it wasn't working. On the video you could see they were dressed like security staff. The machine never dispensed cash while it kept seemingly rejecting cards.
There was also another case that I remember hearing about a few years ago. It was a kid that worked in a department store, had a camera or camera phone and would put the card down behind the counter while he supposedly was waiting for a response from the credit card scanner, then took a picture of the card. Many stores now have self-scanners and if they don't, I don't use my card there. Writing checks isn't foolproof either, since many online transactions, including ebay, accept personal checks online. All you need is the transit number, account number and name & address. All that information is usually printed on a check. One mistake I remember seeing on checks when I was doing A/R was people had their phone number and/or social security number or D/L printed on the check under the name. Stupid move if you ask me, since those are two major proofs of ID. I'm sure this was done to save time when writing checks so that they didn't have to pull out the D/L for identification.
Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#16 Dec 29, 2007
Collins_Collins_Co wrote:
<quoted text> P-Mom can you please post yr Phone numbers here & your address?(lol) joking
See what I mean about using the phone number joke on a man!!!

“Mankind, a work in progress”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#17 Dec 29, 2007
Another thing that is worrysome, I had read where a Waiter at a Swanky Restaurant downtown, had that same type of "shimming device". After he would take the Credit Card from the Customer and leave to put it through the machine, he would somehow run it through the shimmer also. I understand this might be able to fit into a pants pocket. Not sure about that. This guy then sold the Credit Card information to someone in Italy
where he then received thousands of Dollars from variious accounts numbers that he had sent over there. Italy, is known for being really bad with stealing Credit Card Numbers. Wendy's is chump change compared to a high end Restaurant with $100.00 bottles of wine. Another thing to watch out for. Yikes!

“Mankind, a work in progress”

Since: Nov 07

Chicago

#18 Dec 29, 2007
I had wanted to mention that my friends and I are aware of this Scam. So if I were to go to a high end Restaurant with my Husband or friends, they would go with the waiter to make sure it is put through the Card thing
once that they can see and take back their card. Although, I have heard that just the informtion on the Restaurant Receipt..is enough to do damage for a person that is a scam artist. I guess we just have to be very careful and make sure we go over our bills like a hawk.

“You're guilty as sin!”

Since: Aug 07

Will County IL

#19 Dec 29, 2007
Stargazer1 wrote:
<quoted text>
They said it was a debit card that she uploaded the numbers to. Could it possibly be one of those branded cards from a bank that is given as a gift card, such as one thru Mastercard or Visa? I know MidAmerica Bank has a branded gift card through Visa that can be purchased and used the same as if it was a gift card from a store. When you use a gift card at a store, maybe there should be a shredder right there that the clerk is required to insert the gift card into after it is used up. I don't think this girl was alone in this, I'm sure there are others involved, we just have to wait and see the outcome.
Stores are required to take the card when there is no cash left on it. I had a card from Home Goods that had a pretty large amount on it, and it took me several trips to use it up. On the last trip, the balance left on it was only like 24 bucks, so I used it, and the woman went to throw it in her drawer. I asked her if I could keep it because it was the last thing my dad gave me. You would have thought I asked for her kidney. She had to call the store manager and get him to come up and approve it, and they had to put a big black permanent line across the card in order to give it back to me. Its so sad that we have to be so suspicious of everything and everyone.
Paul Revere

United States

#20 Dec 29, 2007
I love my card! Way better than carrying cash. I did the check thing for a long time. I laugh when I used money and they would check it to see if it was real. I must look like I'm smart enough to make money. LOL
Plainfield Mom

Plainfield, IL

#21 Dec 30, 2007
Paul Revere wrote:
I must look like I'm smart enough to make money. LOL
Or, too dumb to hold down a real job, thus, they think you MUST have to print it up, lol!! Just kidding!!
Paul Revere

United States

#22 Jan 2, 2008
Plainfield Mom wrote:
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Or, too dumb to hold down a real job, thus, they think you MUST have to print it up, lol!! Just kidding!!
HEY! I respond with a big HEY! It was really loud, but until Topix has audio we won't hear what each other is saying. Wait a minute we have phones for that. LOL What we really need is a way to reach out and touch someone, lookout trolls I've upgraded to Topix's reach out and touch a troll software. Read this ;...

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