San Antonio police have ramped up efforts to find credit card skimmers at area gas stations. This is a big problem nationwide and is charged as credit card fraud in Texas. San Antonio Bondsman John McRae cautions those who are looking to make a quick buck from using credit card skimmers. It’s very easy to get caught. If you do, he’s available for your bail bond needs… just don’t use your ill-gotten gains for bail money!
Credit card skimmers are so easy to purchase online. But it doesn’t take long for law enforcement to find you. The places you would use one, such as gas stations, convenience stores, and banks all have hidden cameras, so you’ll easily be identified by the time and date of the first victim in the security tape.
If you are arrested in San Antonio for using a credit card skimmer, you’re likely to face the following charges:
- State Jail Felony: 6 months to 2 years in a state jail facility, find of up to $10,000.
- Third degree felony: 2 to 10 years in state prison, fine of up to $10,000 if the fraud was against an elderly person.
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- Using a credit or debit card the defendant knows is not his own;
- The card has expired, been revoked, or cancelled;
- Using a fictitious card, or the pretended number of a fictitious card;
- Receiving any benefit that the defendant knows has been obtained by violation of this law;
- Stealing a credit or debit card with the intent to use it, sell it or transfer it to anyone but the cardholder;
- Buying a credit or debit card from someone the defendant knows is not the issuer of the card;
- Selling a credit or debit card;
- Inducing the cardholder to use his/her card to obtain property for the defendant’s benefit when the cardholder is financially unable to pay for it;
- Possessing a credit or debit card that is not the defendant’s own and having the intent to use it.
If you or someone you know has been charged with credit card fraud, you will need an attorney for such a serious crime. In order to get out of jail and await your trial date, you will need a San Antonio bondsman to post your bail. Call us at McRae Bail Bonds. We will get you out of jail as soon as you’ve seen the magistrate and keep you and your attorney full updated on court dates. Call us at (210) 463-5561, you or your co-signer can qualify by phone.