No skimmers found in check of more than 50 Montgomery County gas stations

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Local officials ramping up crackdown on card skimmers

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A check of more than 50 gas stations and more than 450 gas pumps prior to the Labor Day weekend turned up no credit card skimming devices, county Auditor Karl Keith said Friday.

He directed the county-wide sweep for illegal credit card skimming devices at gas pumps, according to a statement from his office. Inspectors with the weights and measures section of the auditor’s office performed the pre-holiday check and will continue to perform regular pump inspections throughout the county the rest of the summer.

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“The threat of credit card skimmers is real, it is ongoing, and it needs to be taken seriously,” said Keith.

“Labor Day travelers should take the proper measures to protect themselves when they are at the pump, such as by using a credit card rather than a debit card, or by paying with cash,” he said.

Since 2015, more than 100 devices have been found in Ohio gas pumps.

During Keith’s sweep in April, five credit card skimmers were found in Montgomery County.

Although no skimmers were found during this sweep, Keith wants to remind consumers to be careful when getting gas.

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“Consumers should not be worried, but they should be cautious and vigilant while filling up at the pump. If you witness suspicious activity, do not hesitate to contact the authorities,” Keith said.

He is recommending consumers take the following measures to protect their financial information from skimmers:

  • Pay with cash, the safest option
  • Use a debit card rather than a credit card. It's easier to challenge fraudulent charges when a credit card is used
  • Use pumps closest to the attendant, as criminals often target the pumps farther away
  • Monitor bank, credit card statements frequently
  • Report anything that indicates a pump has been tampered with.

For more information, visit www.mcohio.org/StopSkimmers.

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