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:

 

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

   

 

Posted: May 24, 2017

updated: Oct. 10, 2017