CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. (WOOD) — Another credit card “skimmer” has been found in a gas pump in Kent County.
The device was found on a pump at the Citgo on 17 Mile Road in Cedar Springs during a statewide blitz over the weekend. Investigators also found skimmers at two gas stations in Howell on the east side of the state. The skimmers were handed over to the FBI.
Skimmers are electronic devices that are hidden inside gas pumps and steal your credit or debit card information, allowing scammers to charge your account.
If you used the pumps at any of the affected gas stations, make sure you check your accounts to make sure you don’t have any erroneous charges.
Crooks often install skimmers on pumps farthest from gas station stores to avoid being spotted, so you’re best off using one close to the building and that the clerk can see from inside.
Additionally, many stations now put security seals over the doors to the pumps that change color or read “void” when they have been tampered with. If the sticker looks like it may have been removed, don’t use the pump and tell the station clerk.
And, of course, you can always simply pay inside.
If you notice anything abnormal on your credit card statement and think you may be the victim of a skimmer, call the MDARD Weights and Measures Division at (517) 655-8202.