Hendersonville police try to find identity theft victims after man’s arrest

Sandi Valdes-Camacho (Courtesy: Hendersonville Police Department)

HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Hendersonville police are trying to track down victims of identity theft.

It comes after the arrest of a man who had dozens of cards with stolen information.

An alert Walmart employee notified Hendersonville police that Sandi Valdes-Camacho was possibly using fraudulent cards to buy gift cards on Wednesday.

Detective David Harrell showed News 2 the stack of credit cards and gift cards they say were found in Valdes-Camacho’s possession when police arrived.

“At the time he gave a story that he didn’t know what was going on, he had received the cards,” Harrell explained.

(Courtesy: Hendersonville Police Department)
(Courtesy: Hendersonville Police Department)

The cards look like any card you may get from your bank or at the store, but the magnetic strip had been erased and re-coded.

“You can read that, you can erase it and you can re-write it using machines found on the internet,” said Harrell.

He told News 2 as technology advances they are seeing more fraudulent credit cards. Harrell explained that criminals often buy gift cards and then re-use those cards loading them with someone’s stolen information.

“They want to buy gift cards because that represents cash money that they can redeem and then after they can go through and use that gift card as an instrument and re-encode it with a stolen identity,” he said.

If you believe your credit card information has been compromised, Detective Harrell says to contact your bank as well as the police agency in the area where the fraud occurred.

Valdes-Camacho is currently charged with five counts of criminal simulation. He is in the Sumner County jail and is expected to be in court Dec. 28.