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Skimmers siphoned motorists’ card info at store gas pumps, sheriff says

How to spot a skimmer at a gas pump or ATM

Eric Vitale, fraud investigation specialist with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, demonstrates how to spot a card skimmer on an ATM, gas pump or other card reader. He also offers advice for keeping your PIN and card information safe.
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Eric Vitale, fraud investigation specialist with the San Luis Obispo Police Department, demonstrates how to spot a card skimmer on an ATM, gas pump or other card reader. He also offers advice for keeping your PIN and card information safe.

Customers of a Saucier convenience store are being warned to check and monitor their bank accounts. Credit-card skimming devices have been found on its gas pumps.

Harrison County Sheriff Troy Peterson issued the warning Wednesday for customers who bought gas at the Robinwood One Stop on U.S. 49 at West Wortham Road. He said deputies were called to look at something suspicious.

Investigators found the skimming devices at four fuel pumps and took them in as evidence, he said.

The skimmers have been siphoning motorists’ personal identifying information while they pumped their gas.

Skimming devices can be placed on top of the area where you insert your debit or credit card to pay for gas or to withdraw cash from an ATM.

But in this case, the skimmers were inside the machine at the top of the gas pump, the sheriff said.

“For all I know, these could be installed in every gas pump on the Mississippi Coast,” Peterson said.

The device has a small camera that records data from a card’s magnetic stripe reader. It also steals your PIN code.

The devices are sophisticated and this particular type isn’t easily detected by customers, Peterson said.

It wasn’t immediately clear how long the devices had been installed.

The investigation continues and all leads are being followed, Peterson said.

Robin Fitzgerald: 228-896-2307, @robincrimenews

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