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Identity Fraud on Rise in New Lebanon

NEW LEBANON -- Police are looking for a thief who stole a New Lebanon's resident's credit card  information.

Police said the thief made a new card and used it to buy more than $1,000 worth of items at a big box store in Kettering.
 
New Lebanon Police said it's the third case of identity theft in New Lebanon this month.
 
Police say the thieves may be getting credit card information from a  skimmer, a small electronic device that can be attached inside a gas pump or ATM.

Investigators said it's becoming a very popular way for thieves to steal  hundreds of victims' credit card numbers.

"When you slide your card, it takes all the information off the card and gives the thief every bit of information they need to make themselves a new card," New Lebanon Police Sgt David Adkins said.

Police said the device is hidden inside the machine and, unfortunately,  you would never know you're getting scammed.

"That's really scary," New Lebanon resident Starr Howard said. "It makes it so easy for thieves to take advantage of people."

Howard said she likes to use cash as much as possible so she won't become a victim of identity theft.

"I don't like to use my credit card for that reason.  I try to use it as little as possible."
 
Police suggest consumers pay close attention to bank statements and  alert the bank with anything suspicious. Sgt Adkins said if you do get scammed, call police immediately and report the crime.

"Because the longer you wait, most of the stores, they don't keep surveillance video a long period of time, so for us to find the suspect on video, you need to get it to us pretty quickly."

 
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