Inspectors Find Skimmer in Butler Township Gas Pump
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Credit card skimmer inside the gas pump
Date: September 19, 2017
Contact: Mike Brill
Montgomery County weights and measures inspectors found a skimming device on September 15 inside a pump at the Valero on Miller Lane in Butler Township.
The device was found during a routine inspection of the station at 7186 Miller Ln. This is a high traffic area, near the interchange of I-75 and I-70. Upon finding the device, the Butler Township Police Department was contacted and have begun an investigation.
This is the third skimmer to be found in a Montgomery County gas pump in the past month, the ninth since 2013. A skimmer was found at a Sunoco in Englewood in August and one was found at Phillipsburg Fuel in early September. The Butler Township skimmer is the seventieth device to be found in an Ohio gas pump, more than half of which have been found in southwest Ohio.
“Four skimmers have been found in gas pumps in the county this summer, this time in Butler Township,” Keith said. “The threat of this crime will continue.”
Consumers who recently visited the affected station should contact their financial institutions and take precautionary measures. Monitoring bank and credit card statements frequently for fraudulent charges is always a good idea, according to Keith.
“Consumers should not be worried, but they should be cautious and vigilant while filling up at the pump”, Keith said. “If you witness suspicious activity, do not hesitate to contact the authorities.”
Consumers should know that paying for gas with cash is always the safest option at the pump. Using a credit card is safer than using a debit card because customers who use their debit card risk their PIN numbers being stolen.
Credit card scamming devices can be used to steal credit and debit card numbers as well as PIN numbers for the purpose of identity theft. These devices often have Bluetooth technology, which allow identity thieves to access private information from a distance up to 100 yards.
Keith has been a statewide leader in the effort to address the skimming crime, collaborating with his fellow county auditors to address this illegal activity in Ohio. Sixty-five county auditors hosted a statewide skimmer sweep last year, inspecting more than 12,000 gas pumps. Additionally, Keith has hosted nine “Skimmer Summits” across the state to raise awareness about the dangers of gas pump skimmers and teach prevention measures to gas station owners and interested individuals.