Police search for suspects wanted for copying debit card information

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A string of debit card fraud in Brooklyn has put police and consumers on alert.

Five separate incidents occurred in April and May where unsuspecting Brooklyn residents had their debit card information stolen and then cloned in order to make fraudulent cash withdrawals from the affected accounts.

A video captured a suspect walking into a TD Bank near Industry City with a cloned debit card to steal $300 from a 48-year-old man.

The victim still had his original debit card on him at the time, meaning the suspect was able to steal and reproduce his data by using a device called a skimmer on ATMs or card readers, which scan the information on the magnetic strip.

That skimmed data can then be imprinted into a fake card and used in the victim's name.

Officials are also looking for another man wanted for copying several people's debit cards around Brooklyn.

They say that suspect is wanted in at least four separate incidents in April and May.

In total, police say he has allegedly stolen almost $10,000 by copying debit card information. 

In order to avoid these scams, methods of protection include checking machines for anything suspicious before use, watching cashiers that use your cards and staying on top of your bank account activity for suspicious purchases.

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