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Be Careful Where You Swipe Your Cards

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You may want to look over your shoulder the next time you use your debit or credit card.

With advancing technology, it's becoming easier for people to steal your information.

Stephanie Scheurer has the details.

It's nice to give credit where credit is due...

"I use my credit card all the time."

But you could be putting yourself at risk...

"I prefer to use cash everywhere. I use debit very few places."

Now warnings are out for the places you're most at risk...

ATM machines, restaurants, and online.

"It's so much easier to verify funds when they're doing transactions with the cards. We're seeing a lot more thefts occurring with credit cards now," says Chad Spotts, Detective, Bismarck Police Department.

"We're seeing increasing, you know, fraud in this area. You know, it's either phishing where people are being called to give out their credit card information or debit card information. But also we're just seeing, you know, duplicate cards being made," says Dustin Bitz, Vice President of Member Services, Capital Credit Union.

Standup: "Thieves are advancing with the times and are now installing skimmer devices at places such as gas pumps, which can steal your information as quickly as the swipe of a card."

"The information then is being stored on another device. That device can be then taken off that pump and then downloaded onto a computer. Some devices, if they're hi-tech, can wirelessly transfer that information to another computer or software," says Spotts.

Cardholders can have their cards compromised...but there are ways to be a safe swiper.

"I'd suggest monitoring your accounts online if you can as far as balances and charges, regularly. As well as observe where your card goes. Who's taking your card or what you're swiping your card through," says Spotts.

This is a national issue but also causes local concern.

Spotts says there was a case in Bismarck where skimming was suspected on gas station pumps.

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