TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Credit card skimmers continue to pop up at gas stations around Tucson.
The Department of Weights and Measures Services found a credit card skimmer at a gas station near Jefferson Avenue and Speedway Boulevard on Monday, Oct. 31.
That brings the total of skimmer found in Tucson to 22, and in the state to 80.
A skimmer is a piece of technology thieves attach to a machine to intercept credit and debit card data, usually placed inside the pump, which makes it difficult to detect.
"They were putting on a fake face plate over this, so as you slide your credit or debit card as you normally would, at the same time it is also going past that fake device," said Officer Elijah Woodward with the Oro Valley Police Department.
Police said once the skimmer is removed from the pump, the station is safe to use.
But for now, they recommend using cash when getting gas.
Woodward said if customers need to use their debit cards, there is a way to check if the pump is safe.
"Just wiggle this thing, does it pop off," he said. "We have had cases where it just falls off in people's hands."
Woodward said if there is something suspicious going on at the pump, customers should let the gas station manager know.
They should also check their credit card statements regularly.
If there is something suspicious, file a police report.
For a complete list of all the skimmers found, click HERE: http://bit.ly/2fmqVX0
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