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Rash of Credit and Debit Card Skimming

Colorado Springs police have released a photo of a man they say is a person of interest in a credit and debit card skimming case. A rash of crimes has left a trail of victims from Denver to Colorado Springs.

Heather Sturgis tells me, "I was very upset. I mean I work hard for my money and to know that someone could just take it away like it was no big deal ... was really upsetting."

Heather believes her debit card was compromised when she gassed up her Jeep. She says her card never left her wallet, yet when she checked her bank account statement she found crooks withdrew more than $600 from ATMs, using her card number and pin.

Heather explains what her bank told her. "They said someone had made a duplicate copy of my ATM card."

Colorado Springs police say most of the victims were targeted while using their cards at gas pumps.

We're told the crooks started in mid-June and haven't stopped since. They're reportedly attaching skimmers to point of sale machines, preying on more than a dozen people in the Springs.

Detective Wayne Lambert with the Colorado Springs Police Department says, "The purchase is made. Your credit card is skimmed and you don't even know it's happened. Then the information is downloaded later and provided to whoever buys the information."

Cops tell me the best way to protect yourself is to check your debit and credit card activity every day. If you notice anything suspicious like a $1 charge- report it.

Also take a look at the pump when you gas up. If the gas pump cover looks like it was tampered with don't use it. And try to use a pump that's clearly visible from the street or station attendant.
Colorado Springs police posted an alert on their website which spells out precautions for business owners. There's a link to that site posted below.

To see a photo of the person of interest, click on the photo tab. If you recognize him call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

Editor's Note: Some are asking which gas stations were involved. In some cases investigators don't know for sure. We were asked not to name them.


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