Weights and measures inspectors from the Auditor’s Office discovered credit card scamming devices, also known as skimmers, at two gas stations during routine inspections on Monday, August 5, 2013.
According to Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith, three credit card skimmers were found at the Murphy USA/Wal-Mart gas station located in Moraine and another at the Murphy USA/Wal-Mart station in Englewood. The scamming devices were illegally installed inside the gas pumps and attached to credit card readers and keypads.
“The devices were placed in gas pumps located on outside lanes or rows at both stations, probably in an effort to avoid detection,” Keith said, “We believe these pumps were targeted due to the availability of universal keys for these pumps. Research has shown that an experienced identity thief can install one of these devices in as little as 30 seconds.”
Local law enforcement agencies in both cities were notified of the discovery and the confiscated devices are currently in the possession of the US Secret Service.
“Whoever installed these devices did so with the intention of stealing credit and debit card numbers from anyone using these pumps to access their accounts,” Keith said, “This further demonstrates the value of having inspectors in the field checking gas pumps on a regular basis.”
Keith’s office has sent notices to every gas station manager in the county, alerting them to this discovery. “We have encouraged gas station employees to check their pumps on a regular basis to ensure no scamming devices are present,” he said.
No victims have yet to come forward or been identified. Keith recommends that anyone who believes they may have been a victim of identity theft at one of these locations should contact the local police.
Date: August 09, 2013