When you fill up with gas or go to get cash out of the ATM, did you know that criminals can steal your credit or debit card information?
Police say crooks hide skimmers, which are devices that can steal your credit card information. A skimmer can store thousands of credit cards numbers in its memory. Police tell us it's exactly what three suspects did at local gas stations.
With just one swipe you could be handing your information over to crooks.
“Wow, I had no idea,” said Nicole Gonzales
“Unbelievable,” said Tracey Ewing
“It’s frustrating,” said Mike Kopycinski.
Skimmers can be anywhere you swipe your card. One skimmer was found at the 7-Eleven gas stations in Monument and another skimmer was found at a 7-Eleven near Academy and Austin Bluffs in Colorado Springs.
Police say three suspects stole dozens of credit and debit card numbers up and down the Front Range, and then racked up thousands of dollars. One of the suspects, 24-year-old Geider Morales, was arrested Tuesday morning. Kimberly Danais Navas, 21, and Eriec Joseph Rodriguez-Morales, 33, are still at large.
11 News talked to customers who were at the gas stations.
“Now that you told me, I'm going to be more cautious,” said Kopycinski.
“Be more alert and maybe not use my card so much. Cash is the safest way to go,” said Gonzales.
So what can you do to protect yourself? Look at the machine to see if the card reader looks loose or damaged. Check to see if there is any tape or tape residue in the slot. Is the card reader a different color than the rest of the machine?
Colorado Springs police say your best bet is to go inside the gas station or the bank to do the transaction.
Police also say to make sure you keep a close eye on your bank statements for any fraudulent transactions.
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