Have you checked your bank account lately? You may want to because authorities say hundreds of Alabamians had their debit and credit card information stolen in a skimming scheme that spanned four states.
Law enforcement in Etowah County say thieves installed a card skimmer on a gas station pump in Southside, and for weeks the device ripped the personal information of more than 300 people.
On Tuesday, authorities announced charges against two suspects from Macon, Ga. in the $50,000 theft scheme.
Anique Crafter, 29, was arrested in Georgia and charged with financial transaction card fraud forgery and financial identity fraud. Crafter is in jail awaiting extradition to Etowah County, where she faces charges of first-degree theft of property and identity theft.
James Faulks, 37, is wanted on charges in both Georgia and Alabama. He is still at large.
“The debit card information that was skimmed in Southside was used to make illegal purchases in Vestavia Hills, Hoover, Pelham, Moody, Leeds and Oxford in Alabama, and Atlanta, LaGrange and Macon in Georgia,” said Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall. “Had it not been for the vigilance of a local financial institution in discovering these suspicious transactions and in notifying law enforcement, this criminal activity might still be occurring.”