A local woman said credit card thieves hit her three times in just two weeks.
Cindy of Clear Lake said there were nearly $12,000 in charges on her credit card statement that do not belong to her.
"If someone can get a hold of my numbers and use my card and just ring up the charges, it's got to be happening to other people. It can't be just me," Cindy told Local 2.
She believed her credit card number was stolen when she bought gas at a Clear Lake area gas station. She said it has happened twice with two different cards at different stations in the last three weeks.
"I was floored," she said. "First of all, I was angry. I felt victimized. Because here I am an ordinary person and someone can get a hold of my number and they can just ring up all of these charges."
Houston police investigators said they have seen a tremendous spike in skimming in our area. Skimming is stealing credit card numbers electronically, oftentimes using an electronic device installed in an ATM or credit card reader that you would never see.
"I feel so victimized," said Cindy. "I'm afraid to use my card at a gas station. I don't want to carry around cash. But I don't see another alternative."