He paid a $20 tab at La Teresita Cuban restaurant with a credit card.
A few days later, Fredy Villalobos was notified by his bank that an additional $1,006 had been charged on his card.
Over the past few months, credit and debit card fraud has risen at Tampa restaurants, authorities said. Villalobos may be one of dozens of victims whose account information was stolen after dining at local restaurants.
“We are investigating a data breach at several Bay area restaurants,” Tampa police spokeswoman Andrea Davis said. “We’re trying to determine how the information is being compromised.”