Credit card skimmers found at Wisconsin gas stations

Published: Aug. 18, 2016 at 1:23 PM CDT
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Law enforcement officials are reporting that the number of credit card skimming devices discovered at gas stations is rising.

Devices used to steal financial information from credit and debit cards have been found at gas station across the state, according to the Wisconsin Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection.

According to WMTV-TV, a “card-skimming” device was seized by the Janesville Police Department last month.

Officials explained the device stores financial data when a card is scanned and the numbers can then be used by thieves to create a replica card. A skimmer will cover the slot where the card is inserted, unfortunately the device is not always so obvious to notice.

While at the pump, consumers can protect themselves by:

• lightly wiggling the card reader on the pump. External skimmers may feel loose and come off.

• looking to see if any security seals have been broken on the dispenser cabinet. If you see any signs of tampering, tool marks or loose card readers, tell the store manager and do not use that pump.

The Janesville Police Department warns that the scammers will sell the card numbers online and sell them across the country, not just locally.

for more information about card skimmers, including photos of the devices.