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Skimmer "Epidemic" In Northeast Oklahoma

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    Some residents in Northeast Oklahoma are finding unexpected charges on their bank statements officials say, it's all because of card skimmers placed at local ATM's.
Leigha Inkelaar, Skimmer Victim: "I was pretty embarrassed, honestly."
    That's Leigha Inkelaar, she went shopping on Saturday, swiped her card, and it was declined.  At first, she thought it was a simple processing problem...
Inkelaar: "I paid a bill that day, and i just thought it took out more than once."
    Unfortunately, it was more than a processing error...Inkelaar, was the victim, of a card skimmer.
Sheriff Jeremy Floyd, Ottawa County: "We found a couple of our ATM's that were actually compromised, and they were putting skimmers on them.
Inkelaar says she reported the charges to her bank, and she's taking safety precautions herself.
Inkelaar: "I'm just not going to use my card, ever again."
    Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd says he's been in contact with other agencies in Northeast Oklahoma, and found similar situations in Tulsa, Grove, Bartlesville, and other surrounding communities.
Floyd: "This is becoming a viral epidemic throughout Green Country and I can't tell you if it's one person or if it's several people involved."
    Sheriff Floyd says they served search warrants at local banks in Miami, and have identified this man as a person of interest.  While they're waiting for hire resolution images, they say this man appears to be in his 30's, and was in a newer model white four door sedan and has also been seen in a newer model, dark colored van.
    Sheriff Floyd says they do have a rough time frame of when this began and what residents should be looking for.
Floyd: "If they've used an ATM machine in say, probably the last 10 days in the area, or say, Northeast Oklahoma, I would definitely check your bank records whether online or through their bank, and be sure they don't have any fraudulent charges or money withdrawn from your account."
    Sheriff Floyd also wanted to help dispel some rumors, this is not a "hack" as some have been saying on social media, and it wasn't isolated to one business location.   Sheriff Floyd says to always check the ATM or card reader you're using for any suspicious or loose parts.  Anyone with information about the man in the pictures, is urged to contact the Ottawa County Sheriff's Office.

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