Cell Phone Credit Card Theft on the Rise, Howell PD Warns

credit cardsThe Howell Police Department is warning that credit card theft via cell phones is on the rise.

On December 9, 2015, Howell Township Police responded to Best Buy, located at 4250 Route 9S. Employees of the Best Buy called police to report suspects with a young child in the store attempting to make fraudulent purchases. Patrolmen Daniel Murphy #643, Nicholas Bondarew #610, David Levine #636, David Gilliland #637 and Michael Popek #641 responded to the scene. While responding to the scene, officers were advised that the suspects were entering a vehicle and leaving.

Officers located the vehicle at attempting to leave the area and conducted a motor vehicle stop in the parking lot. The main suspect was identified as Ayisha Alexander, 25, of Newark. Investigation at the scene resulted in the discovery of more than $3,000 worth of assorted electronic merchandise that was purchased using a fraudulent credit card. The fraudulent credit card was actually stored on the suspect’s cell phone, which she utilized via “Android Pay” to make the transaction.
With Alexander while she was committing the crime was a three year old child.

Thieves have the ability to steal credit card information from victims through conventional means and are then able to utilize “Android Pay” and similar electronic payment services to pay for merchandise in stores without having the victim’s card or a duplicate fraudulent version in their possession. This makes available an additional method in which innocent people can be victims of credit card fraud.

Alexander was arrested and charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and theft by deception. She was transported to Monmouth County Correctional Institute in lieu of $1,500 bail.

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