Credit Card Skimmers Found at Area Gas Stations

December 14, 2015  |  auditor, business, scam, warren county

Lebanon, Ohio – WARREN COUNTY – Dec 11 2015 - A growing trend of criminals targeting local gas stations has hit Warren County. A Weights and Measures Inspector for the County Auditor found skimming devices on credit card readers in gas pumps in Mason and Franklin Township on Thursday.  The devices are placed inside of the credit card reader, and undetectable by customers.  Criminals have been placing these around the region in attempts to steal credit and debit card numbers.

“We are urging gas station employees and customers to be extra cautious,”    Warren County Auditor Matt Nolan stated.  “Please contact our office and local police immediately if you see any signs of pumps being tampered with,” Nolan added.  The Auditor’s office will continue working with store owners and local police departments to provide as much protection as possible for Warren County customers.

Skimming, as it is known, has become a problem around the country, and southwest Ohio is being targeted heavily.  While paying cash is the only sure fire way to protect from identity fraud, there are steps that can be taken.  Customers are encouraged to use gas pumps easily in view of the attendant and to never use a debit card when purchasing gas. 

For more information, contact the Warren County Auditor’s Office at (513) 695-1235.