Scam alert! Police are looking for a woman who allegedly bought three $50 gift cards using counterfeit $20 bills in Killeen, Texas.

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Our news partner KWTX is reporting that the forgery took place last month in Killeen at the 7-Eleven on 1814 North W.S. Young. The woman was recorded on a surveillance camera allegedly buying several items and using prepaid cards with $200 in fake cash.

Killeen police believe the woman has committed similar crimes before, and she is suspected of two separate incidents of forgery at a H-E-B in March. She is said to be driving a white Camaro with a black top or a tan and silver Pathfinder SUV.

Bell County Crime Stoppers
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Gift Card Scams

According to the Federal Trade Commission, gift cards are reported more often than any other payment method for fraud. Around one in four people who report losing money to fraud say it happened when a scammer tricked them into giving the numbers on the back of a gift card.

Last year, almost 40,000 people reported $148 million dollars was stolen involving gift cards. The number of reported gift card scams, along with total losses, has increased every year since 2018.

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How to Reach Bell County Crimestoppers

Detectives are asking anyone who may know this person or have any information about this incident, to contact Bell County Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477). You can also submit tips online at bellcountycrimestoppers.com, or download the P3Tips App to submit your tip.

All information is confidential and anonymous. If your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible to receive a reward up to $1,000 in cash.

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