ORO VALLEY, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A skimming device has been found at a gas station in Oro Valley, authorities said.
A skimmer is a cleverly disguised piece of technology thieves attach to a machine to intercept credit and debit card data, generally placed inside, where customers would never know its there.
The Oro Valley Police Department said the device was discovered and removed on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from the Circle K at 8780 N. Oracle Road, by the Arizona Department of Weights and Measures during a routine check.
OVPD officials do not believe the skimmer placement was an 'inside' job and they have no suspects in custody. They are waiting on surveillance video from Circle K.
Right now, officials say it's safe to gas up at this Circle K since the device has been removed. It has been sent to the lab for analysis to find out how it works, if it's contributing the information remotely or if someone has to physical remove it.
Authorities are not saying which pump the device was discovered in because they don't want to give the public a false sense of security, as the device may have been on one machine and moved to another one.
"The device was found yesterday, but just because you haven't had any fraud on your card yet that doesn't mean that you're fine," said OVPD officer Elijah Woodward. "Still keep an eye out for any kind of suspicious activity over the next few days, weeks."
According to the OVPD, anyone who used a credit or debit card to purchase gas at the location in the past three weeks should:
- Review all bank statements for unusual charges
- Contact financial institution and cancel credit/debit cards and request a new card if there are fraudulent charges.
- File a report with the Oro Valley Police Department (520-229-4900) if you have been a victim of fraud.