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Pearsall police are investigating possible credit card skimming after several residents filed complaints regarding unauthorized charges days after ordering from a local pizza eatery.
Police say an investigation into fraudulent charges on Friday, February 24, led to the discovery that a number of unauthorized charges had been made on customers’ cards.
“There has been a continuous rise in cybercrime that correlates with the continuous advancements in technology,” Police Chief Daniel Flores said in a prepared statement.
According to a report on the case, it was when officers arrived at the local eatery that management informed investigating officers about several complaints lodged by Pearsall residents regarding unauthorized charges.
Many residents said they had placed orders for food at the restaurant and were charged during the week, but then noticed that they had been charged additional amounts of $30 that they had not authorized.
During a phone interview with the owner of the franchise, investigating officers were allegedly told that transactions from the months of September, October and November were just being approved.
“Although we do not believe that this incident is a criminal matter, it is still something that raises alarm to the person being charged,” the police chief said. “The safest way to pay is always cash, but if you cannot, then please keep a mindful eye on what you are being charged.”