Identity Theft Targets Amarillo Diners

Eating out could end up costing you much more than you think. Identity thieves are now targeting diners at Amarillo restaurants. NewsChannel 10's Marissa Bagg reports on what you need to know to protect your money.

Identity theft is an evolving beast, and as we alert you to the newest forms of it, criminals create more ways to swindle you. Now there's a device they're using that may curb your restaurant craving.

"It's a feeling of being violated.  The level of sophistication that criminals have gone to is incredible," says Arna Reynolds.

This skimmer device is the culprit. Reynolds says her card has been swiped through the machine twice this year at Amarillo restaurants when she handed over her card to pay the bill.

"You assume that all of your identification or your property is secure when it's in your possession, but it had been compromised," says Reynolds.

Reynolds' bank confirmed the skimmer was used because it wasn't just her credit card number that was taken. It included the account information stored in the black stripe.

"If your card is out of sight it could happen to you," says Marilyn Welborn, of the Amarillo Community Federal Credit Union.

Welborn says there are a few ways you can make sure you don't fall into this trap.

"Think about going to the atm and getting cash," says Welborn.

Rr only use plastic when you can pay at the register instead of handing you card to a waiter.... That's something Reynolds is doing.

" I certainly have a higher level of confidence knowing I'm going to a restaurant where I can see my card and I can monitor exactly who is coming into contact with my card," says Reynolds.

Reynolds says each time her information was stolen $1500 was spent in two states within minutes.