Officials: Credit card ’skimmers’ found at Ohio gas pumps


LOVELAND, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio are warning motorists about a string of credit-card “skimmer” devices discovered on gas pumps in recent weeks.

Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes tells WLWT-TV authorities are investigating after two credit-card skimmers were found at Loveland gas stations.

A skimmer is a device placed inside the credit card reader that captures credit and debit card information as the card is being swiped for payment.

Rhodes says similar devices were found at gas pumps in West Chester last month.

Police have said the individuals who install the skimmers will drive a large box truck or moving truck to block cameras pointing at the pump, making it hard to track down those responsible.

Officials are recommending that credit card users pay inside the gas station.

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