Van Alstyne police warning card users at gas stations

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VAN ALSTYNE, Texas (KXII) -- The Van Alstyne Police Department is warning people of credit card skimmers at local gas stations after a spike in identity fraud.

One of the easiest ways to pay for gas is to use a credit or debit card.

But its costing some people more than they expected.

"Me and my wife both, our cards got used down there and it wasn't two days later...we ended up having to have our cards cut off."

Jackie Skinner says about six months ago, criminals got a hold of his information.

He thinks it was through a card skimmer at a local gas station.

"The bank had called us. It was kind of like the fraud department had caught it and called us just immediately so they cut off everything but they did get away with that money."

Skinner and his wife were lucky enough to get reimbursed for $300.
But not everyone gets their money back.

"In the last two weeks we've seen an increase in people coming in and filing identity theft or credit card abuse in different parts of the state and one thing that a lot of them had in common were they had used their card in the last weeks to get fuel."

Van Alstyne Police Chief Tim Barnes says they contacted all four gas stations in the city to be on the lookout for card skimmers.

"We have went and examined them and in some cases the seals make look like they've been tampered with but we're not sure."

But he says it's up to you to pay attention and protect yourself.

"These scanners that they put on there will pull the information without you knowing it and not knowing what to look for. It's not just going to be sticking out of the machine."

As for Skinner...

"I use credit never debit."

Police say check your bank accounts frequently and report any charges that are not supposed to be there.



 
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