Several credit card skimmers have been found at Cleveland-area gas stations recently and the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs has offered four tips to protect yourself at the pump.
During a routine gas pump check, the Cuyahoga County Weights and Measures inspectors found a card skimmer at an Oakwood Village gas station.
The skimmer was found at pump 4 at the Marathon/Circle K at 26003 Broadway Ave. The skimmer steals customers' debit and credit card card numbers and PINs.
The device found at pump 4 must be physically removed by thieves to retrieve customers' card data. The Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs is warning consumers who made purchases at the station to carefully review their accounts for unauthorized activity.
At least four credit card skimmers were found at gas pumps at a Brook Park gas station, police said.
The skimmers were found Sunday morning at the Prymas Smith and Snow Shell gas station on Smith Road. The station is located near busy Snow Road.
An employee maintaining the gas pump credit card receipt dispensers found the skimmers and told gas station management, who called police.
All gas stations in the area are being asked by police to keep an eye out for the skimming technology.
- Using credit cards rather than debit cards. You’re protected from illegal activity on both types of cards, but disputes about credit card fraud are easier, faster and won’t impact your bank balance.
- Using pumps in view of the station office. They’re harder for thieves to compromise without being detected.
- Regularly reviewing your statements or accounts for unauthorized activity. Alternatively, set up text alerts from your bank notifying you of card activity.
- Paying inside the station if possible.
For more information, contact the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs, Division of Weights and Measures, at 216-443-7035.