WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A former Triad fast food employee was arrested on several debit card fraud charges.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office says the card theft happened at the Wendy's on Guntree Road in Winston-Salem back in October.

Deputies say a man went through the drive-thru and ordered food, but his debit card was never returned to him. The man later reported that his card had been used fraudulently in several locations.

Investigators determined an ex-employee of the Wendy's had been charged in similar incident in September 2017.

Davidson County Sheriff's Office charged Lyndsey Briana Hayes with financial card theft, obtaining property by false pretense, identity theft, and attempted obtaining property by false pretense.

Hayes was placed in jail under a $20,000 secured bond.

This is a reminder to use your credit card not your debit card. Why? Because whether it's you or someone else, the money comes directly out of your bank account, immediately.

It can take a few weeks before the bank can replace that money meaning you're out the money until then.

When it comes to your credit card number, if that's stolen, it won't impact your bank account. It's a different account altogether.

The good thing about credit cards, you're only obligated to pay after you agree that the charge is legitimate.

Another important note, using the credit option on your debit card, doesn't give you credit card protections.

Follow WFMY News 2 on Facebook and Twitter

► Make it easy to keep up to date with more stories like this. Download the WFMY News 2 App now