VIDEO: Crime Stoppers working to identify man accused of using skimmers to clone several debit cards

LUFKIN — Crime Stoppers put out a video Monday showing a video of a man who they say is suspected of using cloned debit cards to withdraw hundreds of dollars from bank accounts of several victims.

“Skimmers are popping up everywhere,” said Crime Stoppers, “and this case demonstrates what can happen when crooks get your debit card number.”

Crime Stoppers is hoping that someone will recognize the suspect, even though he doesn’t remove his sunglasses in the video.

They also offered tips on fraud prevention:

-If a terminal looks suspicious, don’t use it and notify law enforcement.

-Generally, credit cards are safer than debit cards; both offer fraud protections but fraudulent credit card transactions don’t remove money from your bank account.

-Monitor your account daily, not when your monthly statement arrives.

-Turn on notifications and know when your card is used, the moment it’s used.

-Use technology. ApplePay and Google Pay generate single-use card numbers for each transaction; if stolen, the number cannot be used again.

Crime Stoppers asked residents to watch the video and, if anyone can ID the suspect, that they submit a tip at 639TIPS.com, download Crime Stoppers’ app (639tips.com/app), or call (936) 639-TIPS.

Tips and calls directly to Crime Stoppers are anonymous and a reward is available for the first, most accurate anonymous tip that helps solve this crime. The entire Crime Stoppers process, from tip to reward, is handled without identifying the tipster.




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