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One of WAFF 48's Own becomes victim of recent Credit Card Scam

A warning for credit and debit card users:  Hundreds of card numbers have been stolen through local Huntsville eateries and used to make phony cards.

They're being used across Alabama and Georgia.

Huntsville Police released surveillance pictures of individuals using those cards hoping you'll recognize them.

The cards have been used in places like Target, Wal-Mart, and hotels.

Police say the case involves more than 400 victims.

The case hit close to home for us.

One of those victims is our sports director Scott Theisen.

He and his family were vacationing at Walt Disney World when someone gained access to their checking account.

Damage was in the thousands and they've got a case of fraud on their hands.

Scott's wife Tara says, "You always think it's not going to happen to you, and there we were the happiest place on earth, and we've been taken for three-grand."

The Thiesens were 48 hours into a fun-filled vacation in Orlando when they got a call from their bank asking them about some recent activity that involved some big time spending. 

"We were taken for $641.99 at a Best Buy in Douglas, GA.  We were taken for $667.65 at a Circuit City in Douglas, GA.  $741.98 at a Target in Douglas, GA.  $619.38 at a Sally's Beauty Supply."

Add to that, more purchases and the 500-plus dollar insufficient fund fees.

Without even having the Theisen's actual card in hand, someone had used their account information for transactions totaling more than $3,000.

The family had four days left in their vacation and no way to access the funds set aside for the trip.

They were forced to charge.

Tara Theisen feels blessed the family's bank worked with them and they recovered the missing funds.

Still...

"We work to get the things that we have and to put our child through school and it's like how dare you take something from me that's not yours?"

Nothing guarantees you won't become a victim, but you can still be extra cautious.

Director of Public Safety, Chief Rex Reynolds, says, "So many times they leave that carbon copy on the table.  Don't do that.  Don't let your credit card leave the table; let the person come there or you go up front and run it."

Michele McDaniel, President/CEO of the Better Business Bureau of North Alabama, suggests, "Check your accounts as often as possible and immediately report anything suspicious."

McDaniel suggests setting up an online bank account where you have quicker access to monitoring your funds.

They say it's not a bad idea to sign up for a free credit report.

If you recognize anyone in the photos we've shown you or have any tips on these cases please call H.P.D. at (256) 722-7100.

The F.B.I. is also investigating.

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