FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- The Secret Service is working hard to combat the highest rate of identity theft in the nation. In 2011, there were 33,595 identity-theft complaints in Florida according to the Federal Trade Commission. Four men were indicted on two separate cases involving credit card fraud. The men targeted Apple stores in Boca Raton, Fort Lauderdale, and Aventura.
Matthew Francis, 24, and Troy Lemons, 29 were responsible for more than $600,000 in fraudulent charges. Another 19 people were arrested for running a large scale network of complex financial scams. According to a federal indictment filed in Nevada, blank credit cards were sold for $20 and stolen data from 100 accounts for $1,500.
Credit card fraud is increasing in every state in the nation. Most criminals are getting smarter and are able to avoid the attention of the police. Most will use the card at numerous places, but will only make small purchases. This helps them to avoid the attention of the Secret Service.