SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY, Calif. – During regular inspections, San Luis Obispo County inspectors situated 16 charge card skimmers in three different gas stations within the county.
Charge card skimmers are hidden devices which are embedded within of gasoline pumps, typically close to the charge card reader, and also commonly utilized to document credit/debit card numbers whereas the pump is used. Those amounts are then recovered by the offender transmitted or later to an offsite receiver.
Regrettably , it can be hard to tell if a pump has been implanted with a skimming device from the outside. Inspectors must have gas station operators open their pumps in order to search for the devices.
San Luis Obispo County Department of Agriculture said it is aware there is a credit card skimming problem in the county. In responseWeights and
Measures Inspectors are stepping up their routine surveillance.
During a recent inspection, a total of 16 credit card skimming devices were located at three gas stations. Local law enforcement was called to the stations immediately and the skimming devices were removed. These skimming devices were determined to be the type that transfer information by Bluetooth to an offsite receiver.
In an effort to help protect yourself from credit card skimming, the county’s Agricultural Commissioner/Sealer Martin Settevendemie said you can do the following:
- Pay in cash for fuel purchases;
- Consider running debit cards as credit which may offer greater protection whether fraud occurs;
- Use gas pumps closest to, or facing, service station buildings where station attendants are visible;
- Watch for security stickers that appear broken or tampered using;
- Report suspicious behavior to the channel operator, such as the unlocking of gas pumps by someone not affiliated with the station.
- Consumers should also always carefully review charge/debit card company statements for suspicious charges.
For more information on SLO County’s Weights along with Measures Program, it is possible to go to their site here.
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