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Cuyahoga County Weights and Measures Inspectors Found a Card Skimmer at an Oakwood Village Gas Station
Cleveland, OH - Cuyahoga County Weights and Measures inspectors found a card skimmer at an Oakwood Village gas station this morning during a routine gas pump check.
The illegal skimmer, which steals debit and credit card information, had been installed inside Pump 4 at the Marathon/Circle K at 26003 Broadway Ave.
Skimmers, which ID thieves place on gas pump card readers, steal customers’ card numbers and PINs.
The U.S. Secret Service confirmed that the device found at the station is a type that must be physically removed for thieves to retrieve customers’ card data. Nevertheless, the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers who made purchases at the station to carefully review their accounts for unauthorized activity.
Consumers who use cards at any gas pump at any station can reduce their risks by:
- Using credit cards rather than debit cards. You’re protected from illegal activity on both types of cards, but disputes about credit card fraud are easier, faster and won’t impact your bank balance.
- Using pumps in view of the station office. They’re harder for thieves to compromise without being detected.
- Regularly reviewing your statements or accounts for unauthorized activity. Alternatively, set up text alerts from your bank notifying you of card activity.
- Paying inside the station if possible.
The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs reminds gas stations throughout the county that they are responsible for keeping pumps skimmer free.
Stations should routinely inspect the pumps register cabinets for strange or unusual wiring, broken security seals or loose or protruding card reader mechanisms. Do not touch the skimmer. Instead, contact police to have them removed.
For more information, contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Weights and Measures, at 216-443-7035.
The Department of Consumer Affairs’ mission is to make sure people who live or shop in Cuyahoga County get what they pay for.