BUFFALO, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Peace Bridge seized 266 fraudulent gift cards after discovery during secondary inspection.
“Due to their high state of training, CBP officers excel in identifying suspicious travelers who merit a closer look when crossing the border,” said Acting Port Director Cary Frieling. “Their professionalism and vigilance prevented a quantity of fraudulent and stolen gift cards being used, and also prevented further harm to victims of stolen personal information.”
CBP officers inspected four U.S. citizens, including a 22-year old male, a 19-year old male, a 18-year old female, and a minor, all from the Detroit area. The search yielded ninety-one $50 gift cards and six $25 gift cards that were possibly fraudulently obtained, along with 170 re-encoded/fraudulent gift cards containing personal identity information.
All of the gift cards were seized and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations for further investigation.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.