Identity Theft Warning: Watch Accounts

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WADSWORTH, Ohio-- Police are investigating a surge in identity, ATM and credit card thefts.

They say in just a few short weeks, over a dozen people had their information stolen.

According to the police reports, the charges ranged from $20 to thousands of dollars and were made mainly in Puerto Rico, France and Great Britain.

"Yeah, I was mad," said Eva Kislin. "I was really mad, through the roof mad. I work really hard for my money."

Eva learned that her information was stolen through a phone call from the Key Bank Fraud Dept.

They alerted her right to the suspicious charges and froze the account, but still the thieves were able to do some damage.

"It was $195.14 times six. Yeah, that hurt; that hurt quite a bit," said Eva.

Police are encouraging any other victims to come forward.

They also advise people to be extra careful where and how they use their debit card.

They say people should pay attention to the card reader and notice if it looks strange.

That could mean a skimmer is attached to the reader.

And most importantly they suggest people watch their bank accounts closely, so that they can take action right away if money begins to disappear.

What's most upsetting for Eva is the thought that someone locally is preying upon their neighbors, "That's the real bite; the real kicker is to think there's somebody here purposely defrauding all of us in this community. Yeah, it really makes me angry."

If anyone has information on the person or persons involved, they are asked to call Wadsworth police.

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