LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Crooks are getting more creative when it comes to stealing your identity and financial information.

Nicole McCormack of Tarzana said she has had her information “skimmed” seven or eight times in the past two years and has lost $10,000.

Even though insurance has covered those losses, it is still a major hassle.

“My card is immediately shut off. So there I am without my debit card for five to seven days,” McCormack said. “The worst part of it though is I have that tied to so many things these days – whether it’s automatic bill pay or renewal of a gym membership or whatever it is. So now, I have to go in every single time and redo all of that.”

McCormack said she tries to pay with cash whenever she can now and believes this won’t be her last fight with fraud. “I’m trying to be careful. But who knows where else it will happen next.”

Economic Crimes Investigator Matthew LeFlore at the Orange County Sheriff’s Department said skimming is “the least intrusive and quickest way to take somebody’s money from their bank.”

He said skimming can happen almost anywhere, but the most popular spots are at ATMs and gas stations.

Read more at CBSLA.com.


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