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OKLAHOMA CITY - If you haven't checked your credit card statement lately, you may want to pull up a list of your transactions.

A metro man's card wasn't stolen but cloned. The copy was then used to make purchases all over the northwest side of the metro.

Sheriff's officials say it's a crime that's happening more often.

Cloned credit cards, which  are basically duplicates of the ones you have in your wallet, are being used to make purchases and the charges end up on your statement, according to officials.

“It is a crime that's on the rise around the country and here in Oklahoma as well,” said Mark Opgrande, with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office.

The crime was recently carried out inside Quail Springs Mall and other retail spots in northwest Oklahoma City.

“What we believe he did was take a cloned credit card and buy a $200 gift certificate from Victoria's Secret,” Opgrande said.

Sheriff's officials say a cloned card is basically a duplicate card, meaning your actual card was not necessarily taken.

“Our victim had the credit card in his possession, so somehow the suspect got a hold of this credit card. However, they cloned it. We don't know how at this point, but they were able to make a duplicate card and then use that card,” Opgrande said.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office is now trying to track down the person with the cloned card.

The sheriff’s office released a surveillance photo of a person spotted inside the Victoria's Secret around the time the card was used.

Officials would like to talk to the man in the photos to see if he can help them solve this case.

Sheriff's officials say the best way to protect yourself is to check your credit card or bank statements regularly, making sure there are no strange charges.

It's exactly what the victim in this case did.

“It was a simple check that he was able to find out someone was using his card,” Opgrande said.

If you know the man in the pictures, you are asked to contact the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office.

The card has since been deactivated.

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