June 25, 2024

Residing in Marshalltown between April and May 2024, instances of identity theft and credit card scams significantly rose, compelling the local police department to respond promptly. A noteworthy number of these fraudulent transactions took place in local shops, enhancing the ease of collating the necessary evidence to solve these cases. The police suspected a widespread use of credit card skimming devices to steal sensitive personal and financial data from unsuspecting victims.

On May 15, 2024, officers from the Marshalltown Police Department got the green light to execute a search warrant in the 500 block of East State Street. The operation yielded promising results, highlighting evidence of an extensive credit card skimming scheme. The authorities were able to make two arrests in relation to the investigation.

The apprehended individuals include:

1. Yirandy Abreu-Arrone, 41-year-old from Marshalltown, was charged with:

  • Unauthorized use of a Scanner or Encoding Machine (Class D Felony)
  • Two incidents of Credit Card Fraud (Aggravated Misdemeanors)
  • Two episodes of Identity Theft (Aggravated Misdemeanor)
  • Two instances of 5th Degree Theft (Simple Misdemeanor)

2. David Reinaldo Lopez Rios, 31-year-old from Marshalltown, was slapped with charges including:

  • Misuse of a Scanning Device or Encoding Machine (Class D Felony)
  • Two counts of Credit Card Scam (Severe Misdemeanor)
  • Three instances of Identity Theft (Serious Misdemeanor)
  • Three occurrences of 5th degree larceny (Minor Misdemeanor)

Marshalltown Police Department is still investigating the case and is calling on unreported victims to step forward. Contact the Marshalltown Police Department at 641-754-5725 for any unauthorized charges made to your account. Victims who reimbursed the stolen money through their financial institution are also encouraged to report this cybercrime.

In accordance with legal conventions, every accused person is considered innocent until proven guilty.

In case of further queries, get in touch with Lieutenant AJ Accola at 641-754-5729 or email to aaccola@marshalltown-ia.gov.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What is a credit card skimming device?

A credit card skimming device is a tool used by fraudsters to steal card information. This device is often installed in ATMs, gas station pumps, or on credit card reader machines at point-of-sale terminals. When a card is swiped, the skimmer reads and records the card’s information, which is then used to commit fraud.

2. What prevention measures can one employ to avoid becoming a victim of credit card fraud?

Preventive measures include: regularly monitoring your credit card transactions, subscribing to alert services offered by your bank, using chip-enabled cards, shielding your fingers when typing your pin at ATMs or point-of-sale terminals, regularly changing your card pin, and verifying the identity of callers claiming to be from your bank.

3. What should I do if I suspect I have become a victim of credit card fraud?

In the event you suspect you’ve fallen victim to credit card scams, immediately inform your card issuer to freeze your account and prevent any further transactions. You should also notify your local law enforcement agencies and file a report with them. Additionally, contact your bank to initiate the dispute process for any fraudulent transactions.