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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- Federal Trade Commission officials say the Thomasville-Lexington area is second in the nation for fraud complaints per 100,000 in population for 2011.

The statistic is one of which Thomasville police fraud investigator Steve Boles is not proud.

"I think the thing that makes it more difficult is the number -- the volume... You know just keeping up with it," Boles said.

As of May 15, 95 cases of fraud have been reported in Thomasville in 2012. Police handled 160 total in 2011, Boles said.  

Boles said thieves are using skimmers in most cases.  Skimmers are small, electronic devices that can store debit and credit card numbers after a person uses a machine at a public location.

"We had a skimming operation a while back. It happened at the State Employees Credit Union and I think some of those are finally coming to light," Boles said.

The FTC has a number of tips to protect yourself against credit and debit card fraud. You can find them at ftc.gov