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A viral video shows an illegal skimming overlay on a card reader at a 7-Eleven store on Shaw Avenue in Fresno, California.

The skimming device was discovered by Twitter user Joseph Harris who uploaded the video online. "Be careful, y'all," Harris says in the video as he lifts the illegal device from a card reader.

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A skimmer is designed to capture credit/debit card information and PIN numbers at bank ATMs, department stores, gas stations and convenience stores.

Sgt. Martin VanOverbeek with the Fresno Police Department's Financial Crimes Unit says some skimming devices "have the ability to store the info and connect via Bluetooth while parked outside to download the skimmed card info."

He said the skimming device at the 7-Eleven is "one of the more sophisticated overlay devices out there."

Once the criminals get your card and PIN numbers, they go on shopping sprees and drain your bank account.

The 7-Eleven employees told police they did not install the device over the card reader.

Sgt. VanOverbeek believes them:

"Despite some of the negative comments on the business/employees, it is highly unlikely they knew the device was present," he tells Fox26 News. "What has happened in the past is the clerk is distracted by another suspect asking to see something behind the counter or in the back of the store while the overlay is installed on a functional Point Of Sale (POS) device by a second suspect."

He said it only takes seconds to install the devices when employees aren't looking. Later, they return to the store to remove the device and collect the data on it.

Twitter users offered tips on how to detect a skimming device on a card reader. Some of the tips include tapping the device to see if it sounds like cheap plastic. And feel around the card reader for loose parts.

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A teenage boy wearing a wig and feminine attire has targeted 5 Metro Atlanta gyms to steal credit cards, identifications and even a truck.

Police say Tarquinnious Mack, 17, is wanted on multiple charges including robbery and auto theft. He has targeted gyms in Holly Springs, Cobb, Gwinnett, Forsyth and Cherokee counties.

Mack and a crew of similarly dressed individuals target gyms after the holidays - when most people are working on their New Year's resolutions.

According to Channel 2's Sophia Choi, Mack has committed robberies in Atlanta since November 2019. Police know he lives in Atlanta, but they are having trouble catching up to him and his crew.

"He's been very active the last few weeks," Covington police capt. Ken Malcolm told Choi.

Malcolm said Mack gains access to the gyms by telling staffers he lost his membership card. Once inside the locker rooms, he steals credit cards and IDs from lockers. At one location, he stole a credit card and went next door to Walmart where he used it to buy gift cards. He then left the scene in a stolen pickup truck.

After Choi tweeted her story about Mack on Wednesday, Donna Liggins tweeted that the "low life" stole her husband's truck from a gym in Forsyth County on Nov. 11. She said the vehicle was recovered on Dec. 11.

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Police hope the public will call in with tips on Mack's location. In the meantime, police have advice for gyms and members to avoid becoming victims.

"The gymnasiums have to be vigilant in making sure that any individual that comes in is an actual member," Malcolm said.

Police also recommend gym members bring their own locks if they use a locker.

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