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Skimming Suspected In $1,600 Debit Card Fraud

Last updated on Thursday, February 7, 2013

(FISHERS) - Scam artists are going after your money, using your debit card and they don’t even have to steal your purse to do it.

Emily Longnecker of WTHR reports that it's happening at ATM's all across the country.

Victims think they're just withdrawing money, but they're also giving a scam artist all the information they need to use the card like its their own.

It's all because of a little device most people don't spot when they swipe their card.

Erin Fisher is out $1,600 she didn't know was missing until her credit union called this week about strange charges from her debit card.

There were three charges from Walmart and one from JC Penney.

The mother of three knows the purchases were made online, and whatever was bought with her card was delivered to addresses in Indianapolis and in Miami, Oklahoma.

It's called skimming, and the Better Business Bureau of Indiana says it's been happening all across the country at ATM's or, for that matter, anyplace people use their card at a machine.

Bill Thomas with the BBB says it is a sophisticated system.

The devices used usually include a camera and some kind of card reader that can be attached to ATM machines. Information intercepted can include the name on the card, the card number, the expiration date, the pin used, even the three digit code on the back.

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