Utah Department of Agriculture and Food

Motorists Cautioned About Credit Card Skimmers

 

Utah Fuel Pump Monitors Caution:
‘Tis the Season For Driving and Credit Card Skimming

 

(Salt Lake City)  As the summer driving season approaches, gasoline station inspectors with the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food advise motorists to be aware of potential fraud at the pump.  Electronic credit card skimming devices attached to gasoline pumps are not new in Utah, and motorists should take steps to protect themselves. A quick Internet search can turn up cases where authorities have discovered devises and prosecuted offenders. Utah has its share of skimmers that illegally record and store consumers’ credit card information.

     The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food’s Weights and Measures inspectors will undergo training soon to identify the presence of skimmers. The Weights and Measures program also encourages gas stations owners to step up their security measures to prevent devices from being attached in the first place.  Over the last several months media reports highlight that skimming devices have been detected at gas stations in Northern Utah.

•    Cottonwood Heights police stopped two men attempting to install a skimmer at 4:00 a.m. at a local gas station.
•    Kaysville City police responded to a convenience store after employees discovered a credit card skimming device concealed inside a gasoline
      pump.
•    Utah Highway Patrol troopers stopped and arrested a pair of young men on Interstate -70 who were in possession of six skimmers and other electronic devices.

 
Tips for consumers include:

  • Pay in cash inside the store to ensure credit card information stays safe.
  • Check to make sure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and has not been tampered with. Many stations are now putting a piece of security tape over the cabinet to ensure it has not been opened by unauthorized individuals.
  • Try to use a gas pump closer to the front of the store. Thieves often place skimmers at the gas pumps farther away from the store so they aren’t noticed as quickly.
  • Use a credit card instead of a debit card. Credit cards have better fraud protection, and the money is not deducted immediately from an account.
  • If using a debit card at the pump, choose to run it as a credit card instead of putting a PIN number in. That way, the PIN number is safe.
    Monitor bank accounts regularly to spot any unauthorized charges.
  • Consumers who suspect their credit card number has been compromised should report it immediately to authorities and their credit card company.

 

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Contact: Larry Lewis (801) 538-7104
Cell (801) 514-2152
Brett Gurney (801) 538-7158
   

 

Posted: May 24, 2017