November 18, 2017

Credit card skimmer discovered at local gas station

(Franklin, GA) — Drivers who may have filled up at a local convenience store gas pump in Franklin may want to keep a close eye on their credit card and bank accounts.

According to a press release issued this afternoon by Lieutenant Tino Brooks of the Franklin Police Department, a bluetooth credit card “skimming” device was discovered earlier today at the Flash Foods store located at 1825 Franklin Parkway in downtown Franklin.

The illegal card skimmer device was located inside a gas pump at the store.

An illegal card skimmer was found at this Flash Foods location Monday

Brooks says it is unknown how long the device had been attached to the pump.

A Bluetooth card skimmer is a device that is placed inside a gas pump to retrieve your credit or debit card number and pin.

The offender may be parked nearby collecting the data after you swipe your card.

“If you have recently used your card to purchase fuel at Flash Foods, we strongly encouraged that you check your bank statement to see if there are any unauthorized charges to your account,” says Brooks.

“If you have any questions, please contact the Franklin Police Department at 706-675-6624.”

Here are some important tips to follow to keep from becoming a victim of credit card fraud:

• Monitor your online banking and credit card accounts on a daily basis. If you see a charge that you are not familiar with or did not authorize, contact your bank or credit card company immediately.

• Protect your card, card numbers, and pin numbers (when you must enter them into a keypad) as if someone is watching over your shoulder. Cover the keypad as you enter those important numbers.

• Before using a card reader at a gas pump, for example, touch the opening of the card reader and try to wiggle it to see if it is temporarily placed in the machine. ATMs and card readers are built solidly and should not have loose parts.

• Aside from focusing directly on the credit card reader, check the machine or display as a whole. Does it look like it was cracked or forced open? Do decals appear to have been broken or misaligned? Do labels or stickers not appear straight or look to be tampered with? If so, report the machine to employees and use a different unit.

• If you suspect that you have found a skimming device (see photo left), take it into the location that the device was placed and notify employees. Even though the place of business will likely call law enforcement, feel free to report the incident yourself, as we want to make absolutely sure that it is reported.

Comments

  1. I Pray they catch who ever did this and I would like to know which pump it was in Please

  2. Everyone needs to be careful and always wiggle the slot before you use

    • I always wiggle it and look around for a camera and it hasnt been loose I pull on them the cashier said it was inside the slot I dont know

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