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Investigators: Credit Card Fraud On The Rise, Skimming Devices Suspected

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A report shows that more Americans are making timely payments on their credit cards. A report shows that more Americans are making timely payments on their credit cards.

You may want to think twice before you swipe your credit or debit card to pay for your next purchase.

“It is really scary because if I were to have something like that happen, I wouldn’t be able to pay my bills,” said Lynda Callesen of Hendersonville.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has recently received 15 complaints from people who discovered suspicious activity on their credit and debit cards.

In the past two weeks, Deputies in Buncombe County have gotten in 14 similar complaints.

Investigators from both agencies believe skimmers are to blame for the recent increase of stolen financial information.

Thieves attach skimmers to card swipe machines, and when you go to pay, it stores all of your information on a memory chip.

“I don’t really worry about it when I am at a gas station or retail store,” says Tracey Stevenson of Brevard.

Investigators say skimming devices are hard to detect unless you know exactly what to look for.

The Hendersonville-branch of Carolina Mountains Credit Union says their number of fraud cases in October is up five-times than what they’ve experienced all year. They too blame resurgence in skimmers

Financial experts say the best way to protect yourself is to carefully review your bank statement consistently.

Investigators also want business owners to check their own machines for skimming devices.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Office is asking if you have experienced any suspicious activity on your bank statement to report it. You can call (828) 697-4596. Investigators are working to track down the source for the recent string of credit and debit card fraud.

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