Dedham Police report they are looking for a couple who have figured out how to use somebody's credit-card number on a forged card despite the use of retail chip readers that are now in use at most stores these days - and are supposed to prevent that.
Police say the two are taking advantage of the fact that most card readers still will let customers swipe their cards the old fashioned way if something goes wrong with the chip reader.
Police say the two "skimmed" somebody's credit-card number - the victim reports she maintained possession of her card at all times - then used that to create an old-style magnetic strip for another card with a chip:
During the sales transaction, the male suspect can be seen manipulating the [point of sales] machine by inserting a credit card into the microchip slot and when the sales associate turns their back to the suspects, the male suspect slightly pulls the credit card out. This induces the machine to cancel the transaction which then requires that the customer (male suspect) to swipe the credit card.
Police say the two used the trick at two stores at Legacy Place, as well as at stores at Market Street in Lynnfield and Square One Mall in Saugus.
If they look familiar, contact Dedham Det. James Nikolaides at 781-751-9300.