This card-shuffling incident happened in mid-April, and local news station WTVR made it public earlier this week, but Credit.com brought it to our attention today. It’s hard to picture eight bogus transactions going through without raising some kind of flags in the system: plenty of Americans might be struggling with credit and have a stack of maxed-out cards, but eight seems like an excessively high stack. The shopper’s companion had better luck with his own stack of cloned cards: he only had to try five cards before finding one that worked.
According to police, the shoppers then took the cards that had worked at Walmart over to a nearby GameStop store and made purchases there. The pair was caught on surveillance cameras, and police have released their photos.
With the right equipment, it’s about as easy to make a duplicate credit card as it is to burn a few tunes on a CD. That’s part of why Walmart will start requiring 3-digit CVV codes during credit card transactions for now: that information generally isn’t part of the information that fraudsters download when they buy a stolen card number online.