Local man victim of debit card scam

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- It's a phone call you hate to get...your bank tells about some charges you didn't make.

One local man has taken it into his own hands to help catch the suspects who got his information and went on a shopping spree.

"There were two $300 transactions from the hen house in Leawood, and a third $300 dollar transaction at the Prairie Village Hen House," says Mark Butler, who recently got a call from his credit union's fraud department asking about charges they thought were suspicious.

"And asked me yay or nay was this me, and the three in question were definitely not me," Butler adds.

Almost $1,000 worth of charges were fraudulent.

"I don`t shop at those Hen Houses - those are out of my way and out of my neighborhood," says Butler.

Detective John Freeman with the Leawood Police Department says they have quite a few cases like this.

"They will get rental cars in a family members name , travel around the country, hit major cities," says Freeman, "They`ll set up either skimmers or they`ll get purses from people, they`ll take those credit cards and they`ll either take an ID card that they make, they`ll have a laptop with them, and they`ll go immediately to a bank or a business and get money orders, cash, whatever they can get out of it."

He says they stay for a few days, then head to the next city to find their next victim.

"By the time we usually get the report, they've moved on to the next city," adds Freeman.

Detective Freeman says Butler did everything right - contacted his bank, canceled his card, and filed a police report...he even asked people to share on social media to help identify the suspects.


These are the suspects Mark has asked people to help identify on social media.

"I`ve had quite a few people that replied to me on my Facebook post that this has happened to them, or someone they know," Butler says.

Butler also contacted Balls Food Stores who own and operate Hen House to get surveillance video.

"Too many people have that attitude, where they get reimbursed by the bank, and they just walk away, and in my opinion, these folks need to be stopped," adds Butler, "Somebody out there knows them."

Police say if you can identify the people in the surveillance video, contact the Prairie Village or Leawood Police Department.

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