WANTED WEDNESDAY: Police say man buys/sells stolen credit card numbers on dark web

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For this weeks Wanted Wednesday, authorities are asking for your help to find a man who may be buying and selling your credit card numbers on the dark web.

“This guy likes to use other peoples’ credit card numbers and book hotels rooms through them,” said Art Forgey from the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office. “Dating back to February, he’s made multiple times of doing that with the Hampton Inn here in Gainesville.”

Deputies say 35-year-old Jerome Chavers Jr. buys stolen credit card numbers from the dark web and books those hotel rooms to sell at a discounted rate to others.

“He will sell that room at half the value to someone else where they can go in and do illegal activities and he’s getting cash for it,” Forgey said. “Or he will use it for his own purposes to do illegal things in the room.”

Deputies say those illegal acts span from drug use to prostitution.

They say once he is done booking rooms, nothing is stopping him from reselling your credit card numbers on the dark web.

“This is a very good case of why we say check your credit card numbers.” Forgey said. “We know that we have people have their credit cards compromised all the time. But many times they don’t look at their statement until quite some time later and realize they’ve been the victim of this fraud.”

Chavers is wanted for five counts of fraud, possession of another person’s ID, and four counts of illegal use of a credit card.

Chavers is a black male with black hair and brown eyes. He is 5’9 and 140 pounds.

If you know where Chavers may be, you can call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 352-372-STOP.

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