Oct 22, 2011 2:22 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert

Wave of credit, debit card thefts strikes Loveland

LOVELAND, Colo. (AP) - Credit and debit card thieves have apparently targeted residents of Loveland, where police say they are investigating hundreds of cases of stolen card numbers racking up fraudulent charges.

Police said Friday they've received more than 500 complaints in the past seven days. They say the fraudulent charges on some accounts total thousands of dollars.

Loveland Police Sgt. Mike Halloran says in many cases, fake cards were created using the stolen numbers.

Police are working with victims, banks and other other law-enforcement agencies to pin down when and where the numbers were stolen.

Halloran says the numbers may have been stolen months ago.

Police say it doesn't appear that any of the stolen numbers have been used in Colorado or surrounding states, but they didn't say where they were used.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)



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