A card skimmer was found at an Oakwood Village gas station during a routine pump check.
The illegal skimmer had been installed inside pump 4 at the Marathon/Circle K at 26003 Broadway Avenue.
Thieves place skimmers in gas pumps to steal debit and credit card information through the card numbers and PINs.
According to the Cuyahoga County Department of Consumer Affairs, the device has to be physically removed for the thieves to get the data.
Consumers who use cards at any gas pump at any station can reduce their risks by:
- 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.