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Fake debit cards produced with stolen numbers

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Crooks are stealing legitimate card numbers and making fake cards. Crooks are stealing legitimate card numbers and making fake cards.

Scottsboro police want to find out who is behind the theft of debit card information. The crooks are able to take the information without actually taking the card.

Police are working hard to find out who is behind it, and said it is like nothing they have ever seen. Some residents' bank accounts are being hit with big losses.

Some 20 people in town have filed complaints with police about debit card theft. Investigator Scott Matthews said it started about a week to a week and a half ago.

Matthews said someone, somehow, is getting the card information and then producing a duplicate debit card with that information. The fake cards are then used at Walmart and other locations from Gadsden to Huntsville.

"What we're seeing is something new. It's hard to protect yourself from this if you use your debit card. It can happen anywhere; it's modern technology," said Matthews.

While it may not be feasible to completely hide your card from sight or use, there are things you can do to minimize your chances of being a victim.

"Be vigilant in checking your accounts, making sure there are not odd transactions going on. If there is, you can notify your bank immediately and get your card shut down so it can be limited," said Matthews.

Matthews urged residents who believe they have been targeted in this scam to come to the police department to fill out a report.

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