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Gas station investigated for fraud

SIERRA MADRE, Calif., Jan. 5 (UPI) -- The number of people allegedly victimized in a credit-card scam by a Southern California gas station has risen to 230, police said Wednesday.

Chief Marilyn Diaz of the Sierra Madre Police Department said authorities want to question the owner of EVG Quality Gas, which closed down during the Christmas holiday, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.

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The first alleged victim who had used a credit card at the station reported an identity theft to police Dec. 27. Sierra Madre police received more than 175 reports of fraud linked to the gas station by Monday with 75 percent of the reports involving a single transaction.

Diaz said she expects more reports to come in from people who had made purchases at EVG within the last six months review their checking and credit card statements.

Currently, losses are estimated in excess of $60,000 with the highest loss from an alleged individual victim at $3,782, the Times reported.

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