Theft of check cards on the rise

By: Kate Tillotson
By: Kate Tillotson

September 21, 2006

Debit cards and credit cards. We all have them, and we all use them.

But are we keeping a close enough eye on what is in our wallets?

In just the last week, there were four reports of stolen check cards.

CrimeTeam 12's Kate Tillotson is On Your Side with how easy it is to become a victim of theft.

These small pieces of plastic are too often our tickets to spend...but what happens when they fall into the wrong hands?

"It's still somewhat of a nightmare and a headache sometimes trying to pull it all back together," says Lt. Jimmy Young of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office.

Lt. Young is no stranger to financial fraud. In fact, one of his investigators is working on twelve separate cases as we speak.

On Saturday, Ashley Krecskay became one of those cases when she noticed her wallet was missing after two delivery men had gone inside her Appling home.

"I didn't see it, so my husband got on the computer and saw where our accounts had unauthorized charges," she told News 12.

The unauthorized charges totaled $1000.

Krecskay, a wife and mother of two, was stunned.

According to Lt. Young, though, it's unlucky, but not uncommon.

"If you actually go through and total up dollar figures, I would be afraid to think about what it would be."

So how is it, we ask, that so many cardholders keep up with so many swipes?

"I watch every transaction that I use every single day," says card holder Stephanie Harrison. "I do it by internet or by phone."

Krecskay, who speaks from experience, wishes more stores would check ID's.

"I know some people get aggravated, they have to go back to their car and get their driver's license, but it's worth it," she says.

Since this happened, Krecskay has made a smart move.

She took a permanent marker and wrote "CHECK ID" on the back of her debit card.

Another suggestion is to avoid carrying your pin number anywhere in your wallet. Those four numbers can be easy to forget, but at the same time, they can be easy to steal.

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