Skimmers Steal Information From Dozens In Bellevue

Posted at 6:13 PM, Jul 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-21 19:21:54-04

Dozens of people became victims of card skimmers in Bellevue.

Geoffrey Johnson's debit card information was stolen, forcing him to learn the true meaning of the saying, "you never know what you've got until it's gone."

"A week without a credit card has been one of the hardest things to deal with," said Johnson.
Sunday, Johnson decided to check his bank account, and realized more than $1,000 was missing from his account.
"On the account someone had taken my card number and used it on a PayPal account, and transfer pretty much all of my money to them," said Johnson.
Johnson said his information was stolen using credit card machines that had skimmers and shimmers in the Bellevue shopping area. When he decided to warn others, he learned he wasn't the only one targeted.
"Just the number of people saying it happened to them too, 10 to 15 people just this weekend," said Johnson.
Many of those residents thought there should be some accountability on the businesses.
"I think some of the businesses should be held liable. It's their equipment that's being used," said Johnson.
As residents continued to warn others, they hoped something could be done to stop the criminals soon.
"They take our hard working money. I mean we all work hard for our money, and for someone who may not have worked a day in their life to come it, I feel violated and it makes me angry," said Johnson.
If you notice any unusual transactions on your credit card statement, be sure to contact your bank and report the incident to the police if any money was stolen.