100 cases of victims skimmed in Gallatin - WSMV News 4

100 cases of victims skimmed in Gallatin

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A credit card fraud case in Sumner County may be getting worse.

Earlier this week, Channel 4 reported 37 people have reported unauthorized charges to their credit or debit cards.  On Friday, police said there are now more than 100 cases.

Police think a skimmer, an electronic device that captures people's credit or debit card information when they swipe their cards, might be involved.

Many of the victims used their cards at businesses located in the Volunteer State Community College-Greensboro area.

Gallatin police said customers should be on the lookout for anything out of place when using their card in an ATM or gas station or store. 

An indication that a skimmer is being used may include keypads that are hard to press or signs of an adhesive on the front of the machine. 

If it is the work of a skimmer, police believe that it could be a handheld device. Police believe that it could possibly be something extra attached to a gas pump or an ATM.

Alycia Ehlert, who works at Vol State, had $200 taken out of her Bank of America account. She said the charges were made at various stores in Florida.

"It's obviously frustrating. I worked hard for my money, just like all the other victims, and I would expect other people to work hard for theirs, as well," Ehlert said.

Police advise the public to frequently check their bank and credit card accounts for unusual activity. They said to be aware of anything unusual while using ATM or point of sale machines; warning signs could be keys that require an unusual amount of pressure or any evidence of adhesive residue.

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