Huntsville Police and the Secret Service have charged Allen Devon Rutledge from Birmingham with more than 140 accounts of debit card fraud, which resulted in more than $100,000 in losses.
Rutledge used information he bought on the Dark Web to create false debit cards and withdraw money from ATMs.
149 Victims Came Forward
The three-month-long investigation led to his arrest on October 18, while he was trying to withdraw more money from an ATM.
Sgt. Joe Kennington with the Huntsville Police Department Financial Crimes Unit, said they don’t often see cases that involve so many victims, like so many ID theft stats portray.
However, he also mentioned that there could be more victims out there. So far, the police have information about 149 victims, all of them Redstone Federal Credit Union account holders.
The investigation started when several Redstone Federal Credit Union clients reported suspicious withdrawals
The authorities got involved when more and more Redstone clients started reporting suspicious activities on their accounts. Kennington said that the best thing we can do is keep a close eye on our personal information and credit. We should report any suspicious activity so that the authorities can investigate.
It is also a good idea to use a password manager. You can keep your passwords and login data secured in digital vaults, and the software also scans the Dark Web for your leaked data.
At the moment of his arrest, Rutledge had 78 counterfeit debit cards on him. If he wasn’t apprehended, who knows how much more damage he could have done.