CAPE CHARLES, Va. - Dozens of people had their identity stolen while filling their cars up with gas, according to court records.
It's a massive scheme that stretched over several states and has gang ties, according to federal authorities.
Eastern Shore residents told News 3 they were upset to hear that Northampton Sheriff’s officials and the FBI found skimming devices on two gas pumps at a gas station on Lankford Highway in Cape Charles, according to court records.
Records indicate there were other gas stations affected as well.
“It’s not right. It’s not fair," said James Bell, an Eastern Shore resident.
The devices are used to steal a person’s bank account information.
Unsealed documents reveal that multiple victims reported that their identity was stolen in April 2018 and that cash was taken from their accounts.
They also reported bank cards being made in their names.
The investigation revealed losses exceeding $50,000, and it identified multiple suspects of an organized gang allegedly responsible for the entire ordeal, according to the documents.
Court documents state there were dozens of victims from eight different states including Virginia, Maryland, Georgia, New York, New Jersey, Minnesota, North Carolina and Pennsylvania and that 13 of the victims were from our region.
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Like passing storms this time of year the metro is getting showered with scam phone calls.Senior citizens and the disabled are especially vulnerable because of phone threats to their Social Security checks.
Jill Marie Fleming’s voicemail is full of scam calls. She said, “I’ve had more than 150.”
Jill ignores most but can’t erase her concern about one scam call because she relies on disability benefits.
The caller said, “We just suspended your Social Security number because we found some suspicious activity.”
But she knows it’s a trick and said, “Don’t give out any numbers. Don’t give out any information. Don’t give out any account numbers - nothing.”
One scam victim wishes she hadn’t given out her Social Security number, “and I got caught because the guy on the phone was convincing and I was scared. I was so scared.”
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