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Grand jury indicts 2 men accused of using skimmers at Canton gas pumps

Yasmel Lobaco and Saudel Benitez were indicted on charges of stealing money from gas station customers' credit and debit accounts in Haywood County. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

Two men were indicted on charges of stealing money from gas station customers' credit and debit accounts in Haywood County.

According to federal prosecutors, Yasmel Lobaco and Saudel Benitez got the account information using skimmers at pumps.

They stole about $1,500, according to court documents, and collected information from hundreds of stolen credit and debit card numbers.

Lobaco and Benitez were accused of purchasing a $700 money order and withdrawing $800 from two gas station ATMs.

Prosecutors said, last September, the men withdrew the money using fake debit and credit cards with information from skimmers they installed at a gas station in Canton.

Prosecutors also said Lobaco and Benitez had a computer, where investigators found folders with more than 600 stolen debit and credit card numbers.

"This situation a lot of people were noticing extra fraudulent use on their card," Canton Detective William Small said.

So, Small was telling customers to check credit card and bank statements and check the pump.

"Look for any kind of broken seals on the pump," Small said. "Always check where the credit cards are, where you swipe your card and make sure there's nothing on there. If you're concerned, definitely just go inside, pay cash or use a swipe inside."

Small said there were federal and state investigations into Lobaco and Benitez.

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