WASHINGTON, D.C. – Five members of a credit card skimming ring have been arrested and charged. The ring was active from January 2010 through June 2011. This gave the ring enough time to defraud at least 780 victims.
Olubummi Oladapo Komolafe, 33 years old, was found guilty by a federal jury in Alexandria, VA, of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft charges. The other four involved in the scam plead guilty for their roles.
The five involved in the skimming ring stole credit card information from restaurant customers in the D.C. area. Servers at the restaurants were recruited to swipe customers’ credit cards, re-encode the numbers on credit and gift cards, and then those cards were used to purchase merchandise and other gift cards at numerous stores. These cards were used in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and Virginia.
Be wary of giving your credit card to anyone, especially when they do not scan it right in front of you. A good idea is to pay with cash in restaurants.