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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  • by John Location: Houston on Oct 26, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    can you identify the restraunt that this happened Oversea Chinese Banking Corporation
  • by Jenn Location: CO Springs on Aug 9, 2010 at 05:54 PM
    I'm thinking it probably doesn't matter what places are doing it, you probably should treat every place as if it were compromised. I usually get my gas on base. Seems like whenever we try to protect our info, these crooks find a way to be one step ahead of us. I did read from somewhere that after every time you use your card at a gas pump, you should always hit the "cancel" button once you're done. Not sure if it works, but it supposedly erases your card info.
  • by Tom Location: CS on Aug 9, 2010 at 01:10 PM
    Hey Been skimmed, can you identify the restraunt that this happened at?? Was it in Colorado Springs??
  • by Been skimmed Location: Right here in town! on Aug 9, 2010 at 07:12 AM
    Let me warn others- When eating out at restaurants,DO NOT let your server take your credit card up front, or in the back, to pay the bill. Politely refuse. Instead, take it up to the front register yourself to pay. Keep it your sight at all times. My credit card and bank info were compromised because a server/waiter skimmed my card with a hand held device he had hidden in his apron. All done in the back room out of sight. Once YOUR card leaves your sight you are vulnerable. These are the hard times we are in. The banks help out after the fact, but let me tell you what a hassle!
  • by DJ DK Location: COS on Aug 7, 2010 at 03:38 PM
    It's time to bring back the stockade for some crimes. Line these pathetic thieves up, and give each victim a wheelbarrow of rotten produce and invite the public out to watch!!
  • by Tom Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 6, 2010 at 06:59 PM
    I was contacted by my bank today with a fraud alart!!! I found that someone made two withdrawals totaling $1000. Chase is working with me to get my money back. My family and I can not thank chase enough for their assistance. Who will track the people responsible? because this effects my faith in our banking system.
  • by Laurie Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:44 AM
    I don't think they actually know all of the people who have been a victim of this crime yet. I called to report today that we were victims, and the Detective asked where I used the card and what bank I used and it seemed as though both were new info to him. Our money was stolen from our CO account in Temple City, California, I hope they can shut down this ring.
  • by Jimmie Location: CS on Aug 6, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    Darla, click on the "Photo's" tab.
  • by Jeff Location: springs on Aug 6, 2010 at 10:38 AM
    Look at the video it shows a picture of him and it does tell you which gas stations in another article, one of them is near me at garden of the gods and forest hill, that valero there. That is the one I got nailed at.
  • by Ryan Location: Cimarron on Aug 6, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    looks like a guy I saw at the 7-11 near constitution/ powers who claimed he was running out of gas and needed money to get back to Denver. I did not help him, but my credit card was recently compromised.
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