More than 700 people in the Decatur area have fallen victim to credit card fraud, including the Wise County Sheriff. Hundreds of credit and debit cards are being used to purchase thousands of dollars of merchandise.
Lydia Moseley was one of the victims. When she saw a charge on her account from Kentucky, she knew her account had been compromised. "They looked at it and it had been $1,400 to the negative. After they had already shut my debit card down, more charges hit my card again," she said.
Before they were through, thieves spent $2,600 out of her bank account. Wise County Sheriff David Walker says there are around 700 people within the Decatur area who had their debit and credit card numbers used by thieves. Some of them work in the Wise County Courthouse.
Sheriff Walker even had his credit card compromised. "The bank called and said 'hey are you in town?' I wasn't. They said your card's been compromised. The next question they asked me, 'did you eat at Taco Casa recently," Walker said.
The common denominator with a majority of the thefts seemed to be the Taco Casa in Decatur. Investigators say most of the victims used their card there. So far, the sheriff says no one at the restaurant is a suspect and they've ruled out any skimming. The fraudulent charges on the cards were from all over the country and Jamaica
They bought groceries and shopped at Target. In one case, they purchased about $1,000 worth of automotive supplies
Sheriff David Walker said he doesn't think it's one individual. He thinks it's something bigger than that.
The banks will have to absorb the fraudulent charges. The nearest case was at a Walmart in Houston. Detectives will be looking at the surveillance video there to see if they can get a suspect.
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