Cheerleading fundraiser in Thomasville turns out to be a scam

| October 20, 2016

THOMASVILLE – Stolen identity — unfortunately, it’s happening to millions of Americans every day. At first glance, the surveillance video looks like a normal transaction. But what’s really happening, is two women are using stolen credit cards to buy gift cards from businesses in Thomasville.

“Off hand, I think it’s very deceptive,” said Damon Olson.

That’s because in addition to the stolen cards, the suspects allegedly told cashiers they were raising money for their local cheerleading squad.

“It’s not right, period. They should show proof, if they go in some place like this or anywhere else,” said Jerry Edwards.

Authorities explained that the two women made stops at Dairy Queen and iHop in Thomasville. The pair racked up more than $3,000 on the stolen cards.

“They’re obviously preying on people’s good heart and they should be punished for that,” Olson said.

According to law enforcement, crimes like these are becoming all too familiar. They tell Eyewitness News, they can be tough to prevent and even tougher to catch.

“Now that everything is so convenient all they do is swipe a card and the identity of the person that’s swiping the card is never revealed,” said Lt. Tim Watkins, with the Thomas County Sheriff’s Office.

“It’s wrong, and there should be tougher punishment than what the law requires right now for people that do stuff like that,” Edwards said.

Authorities said they don’t believe Thomasville was the only stop for the suspects. They believe the same cards were used just days later in Atlanta. They’re asking for anyone with any information to give them a call.

(WCTV Eyewitness News)

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