Four arrested in Georgia credit card theft scheme

Four arrested in Georgia credit card theft scheme

Authorities recently made four arrests in Columbus, Georgia, pertaining to a credit card theft scheme that originated and took place between 2009 and 2010, according to a recent Ledger-Enquirer report.

The news provider revealed that the Department of Justice released details regarding the fraud ring. The suspects reportedly obtained sensitive credit and debit card information using electronic devices called "skimmers," which store and copy customer data.

Several restaurants and other establishments, including McDonald's, Shogun Japanese Steakhouse, Krystal and Polished Nail Salon, were cited by the DoJ as places where the scheme took place, the report stated.

"Identity theft continues to be a major problem that plagues our district and the nation at large," U.S. attorney Sally Quillian Yates told the Ledger-Enquirer.

According to the report, the U.S. Postal Service was also involved with the investigation.

Protecting consumer credit and debit card information should be a top priority for organizations. To help businesses achieve PCI compliance, the PCI Security Standards Council released a new set of guidelines in June to help companies regulate consumer credit, debit, smart card and mobile payments.