On Tuesday May 14, 2019 Dothan Police recovered a credit card skimmer from a local gas station. An employee at the Marathon Station in the 3300 block of W. Main St. located the device. The employee was alerted to the skimmer because the seal on the gas pump was tampered with. Once the device was found the employee notified police. It is believed that the skimmer was installed sometime the night prior after the gas station was closed.
The Dothan Police Department has put together a few tips to help the public avoid credit card fraud by gas pump skimmers:
Take a close look at the pump: Avoid pumps that have had the seal cut, removed, or appears to be tampered with. If you believe the seal has been tampered with, notify the gas station attendant immediately.
Pay inside, instead of at the pump
Check your credit card statements and sign up for fraud alerts
If you believe that you may be the victim of credit card fraud, contact your credit card company immediately and make a report with your local law enforcement agency.
Below are images of different types of seals at local gas stations and the skimmer that was found today.
In June of 2018 Dothan Police Investigators began an investigation into a complaint of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. The victim, 79 years old, reported that Kevin Saffold represented himself as a family member at a local dental office. Kevin Saffold and Anterica Danielle Mayfield obtained dental work after having the victim sign paperwork.
Between 03-20-2018 and 06-13-2018, Kevin Saffold and Anterica Danielle Mayfield accompanied the victim to Dothan Cosmetic Dentistry and posed as her nephew. Both received dental worked and charged it to the account of the victim without her knowledge of what was occurring. The victim stated that Saffold told her to sign a form to obtain a credit card. Kevin Saffold then charged to her account $5750.00 worth of dental procedures to her account.
On 06-13-2018. Anterica Danielle Mayfield went to Dothan Cosmetic Dentistry and charged on the account of the victim $2150.00 for dental work as well. The elderly victim didn’t know these charges were being filed on her account.
The victim discovered these charges after a credit history was performed and the charges were discovered. No payments have been made on the account by Kevin scaffold or Anterica Danielle Mayfield.
Kevin Saffold was arrested and charged with one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 1st degree with a $50,000.00 bond. Anterica Danielle Mayfield was arrested and charged with one count of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 2nd degree with a $15,000.00 bond. More charges are pending.
In June of 2018 Dothan Police Investigators began an investigation into a complaint of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly. The victim, 79 years old, reported that Kevin Saffold represented himself as a paralegal and would help her build her credit to purchase a home.
On June 7th 2018 Saffold accompanied the victim to Dothan Kia and posed as her nephew while she purchased a 2016 Dodge Ram truck in the amount of $43,888.25. The victim stated that Saffold told her that the purchase would boost her credit score and he would make the payments on the vehicle.
On June 9th 2018 Saffold again accompanied the victim to Dothan Kia. He once again posed as her nephew and had her purchase a 2015 BMW X1 in the amount of $30,846.24. Saffold again told the victim that he would make the payments on the vehicle and this would assist her credit score to buy a home.
The victim reported that she began receiving phone calls from the two finance companies requesting payments for the vehicles that were in Saffold’s possession. No payments were made on either vehicle.
During the investigation into the Financial Exploitation of the Elderly police received another complaint of Saffold being in possession of a voided title to a vehicle. On July 24th 2018 Saffold entered Title Cash in the 2600 block of Montgomery Hwy. and pawned the title to a Lincoln car in the amount of $2,175.00. The title to the Lincoln car was previously pawned by Saffold at Loan Max on July 16th 2018 in the amount of $4,000.00. Mr. Saffold did not make payments on the title pawns for either of the businesses.
Kevin Saffold was arrested and charged with two counts of Financial Exploitation of the Elderly 1st degree, one count of Theft by Deception 2nd degree and one count of Possession of a Forged Instrument 2nd degree. He has bonds totaling $85,000.00.
Some local residents have reported receiving telephone calls from a person stating that they are a police officer with the Dothan Police Department, although they may use any agency name that is appropriate depending on where you are located. The caller then states that you must pay a fine or face arrest. The caller then will happily process a credit card payment over the phone in the amount of the alleged fine, thereby preventing you from being arrested.
Please be advised that the Dothan Police Department absolutely does not collect fines. The City of Dothan Magistrate’s Office processes case settlements, including fines. In any case, positively no one will call you and process a payment for a fine over the phone in this manner. Case settlements, including fines and court fees must be paid to the Magistrate’s Office using an approved payment method either in person, via US mail, or online.
We are urging persons who receive a call from this caller to hang up immediately and do not provide any information to them. If you feel you may have fallen victim of this scam, please contact us at (334) 615-3000 or come to the lobby of the police department located at 210 North Saint Andrews Street Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM to file a police report. If you provided credit card information, please contact your financial institution to report the fraud and have a new card issued.
Dothan Police Investigators arrested Jared Michael Manuel, 35, of Camelot Court, Dothan and charged him with two counts of Burglary 3rd degree, one count of Burglary 2nd degree, and four counts of Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card.
Investigators say Manuel was charged with the Burglary of a home in the 800 block of Liveoak Trail in April of 2018. He was charged with another Burglary of a home in the 200 block of Glenn Eagles Road in May 2018. In June of 2018 the Carmike Cinema located on Executive Park Dr. was burglarized and Manuel was charged with that crime as well. His has bonds totaling $42,500.00.