Card Thieves Target Supermarkets

Supermarkets and other retailers that serve as gift card marts are a target for criminals who buy gift cards with stolen credit cards, according to Joseph LaRocca, vice president of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation. They take stolen credit cards and go to one location and buy a diverse array of gift cards to be sold online or pawned, said LaRocca, speaking to reporters

WASHINGTON — Supermarkets and other retailers that serve as “gift card marts” are a target for criminals who buy gift cards with stolen credit cards, according to Joseph LaRocca, vice president of loss prevention for the National Retail Federation here.

“They take stolen credit cards and go to one location and buy a diverse array of gift cards to be sold online or pawned,” said LaRocca, speaking to reporters during a recent conference call on holiday-season loss prevention issu

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