KENNEWICK, Wash-- Police warn that during the holiday season store clerks should be mindful of fake credit cards. The best way to catch a customer using a fradulent credit card is to check their ID.
Last Saturday at Hollywood Video in Kennewick, three men tried to buy a $1,000 worth of DVD's. They gave the clerk a credit card, but said the magnetic strip was broken and she would have to manually punch in the numbers.
She then said she would need to call the credit card company. The three men took back the card and left the store. Kennewick police say by asking for ID, government issued ID like a license, this will help prevent thieves from getting away with stolen goods.
"It can seem like an inconvenience, like you're going to offend a consumer by asking for their ID, but in the long run, I know myself as a consumer I prefer if you ask for my ID to verify that I am who I say I am when I present either a check or a credit card," said Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department.
Kennewick Police say the unsucessful Hollywood Video thieves probably wanted to sell the DVD's on Ebay. If you feel like a credit card being presented is fake call police right away.