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Inspectors check the calibration accuracy by pumping five gallons of gas into a certified five-gallon container. They also examine the credit card reader for illegal devices.
Due to the ongoing threat of credit card skimmers, Keith and his staff have increased inspection efforts. More than 2,200 gas pump inspections for credit card skimmers were performed as part of three countywide skimmer sweeps.
The April sweep uncovered five skimmers, the most ever publicly found over a three-day period in a single county in Ohio. No skimmers have been found since that time in Montgomery County.
Keith recommends consumers take the following measures to protect their financial information:
- Pay with cash
- Use a credit card rather than a debit card
- Use pumps closest to the attendant
- Monitor bank and credit card statements
- Report anything that indicates a pump has been tampered with