TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Tucson Police investigators tell Tucson News Now, it's almost impossible to know if a credit card skimmer is at a pump. That's because the skimmers are now being placed inside the area where you insert a credit or debit card, inside the pump.
TPD was alerted about these skimmers in one case by the Arizona Weight and Measures. In another case a gas station manager was checking the pumps when they noticed something off and reported it to the police. Both of the skimmers were found at two Circle K gas stations on the east side, one at Golf Links and Harrison and the other at Tanque Verde and Kolb.
We have learned it takes longer for these thieves to open the gas pump than it does to put the skimmer in. Sgt. Rick Radinsky from TPD said, "It takes a few seconds to install a skimmer at a pump."
Once a customer inserts their card into one of these skimmers, the thieves can take the data from that credit or debit card. In some cases they turn around and sell the information online. Here in Tucson, police have found out thieves are creating forged cards with the stolen information, and then using them locally.
Here's a few things from the Tucson Police Department that you need know about protecting yourself from gas skimmers:
- Look for damage to the pump before you use it.
- If you see something suspicious at the pump, let the gas station manager or clerk know.
- Check your credit and debit card statements often.