SALT LAKE CITY — Six people face federal charges for allegedly using high-tech skimming devices they installed on gas pumps at Utah service stations to “clone” customers’ credit or debit cards.

Victims of the alleged scheme lost at least $200,000, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“We all routinely fill up our gas tanks, which means any one of us could have been victims of this alleged crime,” said Special Agent in Charge Paul Haertel of the Salt Lake City FBI. “While the financial losses are significant, the victims are also left with the burden of taking the necessary steps to recover from the damage of identity theft.”

A Bluetooth card reader in the skimming equipment recorded customers’ credit card numbers, names and zip codes from the magnetic strip as they inserted their cards into the gas pump, according to an indictment.

The indictment alleges the defendants downloaded the digital information and created “cloned” cards encoded with data from customers’ real credit or debit cards.

They used the cards to buy fuel and other items at gas stations and stores. The gas purchases were typically for their own vehicles as well those driven by others. They also filled external tanks in the beds of their pickup trucks and later offloaded the fuel into the tanks of semitrucks or storage containers for future use or resale.

Prosecutors say skimming devices were installed at a Tesoro station in Sunset in April and a Texaco station in Scipio in May. Purchases were made at gas stations and stores in Bountiful, Salt Lake City, West Jordan and Riverton.

Charged in the indictment are Yosbel Delgado-Valdes, 40; Iraldo Pereda-Mendez, 32; Emmanuel Nina-Perez, 28; Jandry Artigas-Reyes, 35; and Yarislani Padron-Cruz, 35, all of Salt Lake City; and Yofre Napoleon Almonte, 47.

All six are from the Dominican Republic. Three are legal permanent U.S. residents, one is a naturalized citizen, and one has an application pending for legal permanent resident status. Almonte, who has been deported three times, is not a U.S. citizen, according to prosecutors.

Each defendant is charged with conspiracy to commit bank fraud, bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. Almonte is also charged with illegally entering the country after deportation.

Padron-Cruz, Artigas-Reyes, Nina-Perez and Delgado-Valdes were arrested in Utah on Nov. 20. Investigators found more than $40,000 as well as skimming equipment and what they believe to be hundreds of cloned credit cards, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Almonte has been in custody in Davis County on an unrelated charge. A federal arrest warrant is pending for Pereda-Mendez.