Caught on Cam: Man charges $500 to cloned credit card

Caught on Cam: Man charges $500 to cloned credit card

ODESSA, TX (KWES) - Credit card abuse is a trending crime in Midland and Odessa.

Another victim came forward and claimed there were $500 worth of charges to her account.

She reported it to authorities and the Odessa Crime Stoppers narrowed down who's responsible in the case.

"He goes to Wal-Mart and he purchases about $400 in gift cards and $100 in merchandise," said Susan Rogers with Odessa Crime Stoppers.
 
It all happened in the middle of February on JBS Parkway. Once the suspect is caught, he'll be charged with credit card/debit card abuse.

"We've had several of these that have happened in Odessa and Midland," said Rogers. "It seems to be trending a little bit. Be very careful and look at your accounts. Once this guy gets caught, he'll spend quite a bit of time in jail and we need the public's help to get that done."
 
It's important to know what steps you can take so you don't fall victim to these criminals.
 
"Don't carry cards that you don't need with you," Rogers said. "If you've got a whole wallet full of credit cards, and you got all your bank accounts and credit cards, don't carry it all with you."
 
You can also protect yourself by signing up for the fraud alerts with your bank or transaction alerts for certain amounts charged. That way, if someone does try to steal your credit or debit cards, you'll be the first to know. Also, be sure to check your bank accounts often.

"He appears to be somewhere in his late 30's or early 40's," said Rogers. "He's about 5'9" and looks to be about 190 pounds."

If you have any information on this man, give Odessa Crime Stoppers a call at (432) 333-TIPS.

You will remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward.

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