Ski area merchants targeted by cloned credit card scammer
EAGLE — An Arizona man using credit card clones is accused of scamming several Colorado resort businesses.
Devonte Linell Pipkins allegedly traveled through the region using the name James Orr. Under that name, he allegedly scammed high-end retailers in Beaver Creek and merchants in many other Colorado ski areas.
Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Pipkins March 3. He posted $7,500 bond March 9, and vanished.
Pipkins lives in Arizona. He is a 19-year-old black male, 5 feet 9-inches, 210 pounds with brown eyes and black hair.
Pipkins was caught on video in high-end shops in Beaver Creek and Vail Village.
Authorities suspect Pipkins has targeted and scammed many other merchants in Colorado ski areas. Sheriff’s detectives are receiving calls daily from merchants who may have been scammed.
Detectives with the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office are currently working with other law enforcement agencies and victims to compiling a complete list of charges.
He may be accompanied by another male driving a silver Nissan Titan four-door pickup.
Detectives believe Pipkins has also been working the East Coast.
Two high-end sunglasses shops in Vail Village and Beaver Creek were the primary victims that kicked off the case in the Vail Valley, the Sheriff’s Office said.
The Sheriff’s Office says if your business is receiving “chargebacks” from purchases made by James Orr, you may have been a victim of cloned credit cards that Pipkins was allegedly using.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, 970-328-8500.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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