Credit card skimmers being found throughout Michigan

Posted at 3:55 PM, Sep 01, 2016

The first credit card skimmer was found in the Grand Rapids-area more than a year ago, and the the credit card hacking devices are still being located throughout the state.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development reports approximately 70 credit card skimmers have been located and removed.

Credit card skimmers, which are not visible from the outside of the pump, can be installed in seconds, the department reports. The criminals use keys to open the pumps quickly, insert the skimmers and then leave. The skimmers copy the consumer’s card information for the criminals to make fraudulent purchases.

“Approximately 70 credit card skimmers have been found and removed from gas pumps statewide since last year,” said Clover Adams. “Credit card skimmers will not be tolerated in Michigan. MDARD’s Weights and Measures inspectors, gas station owners, and law enforcement remain on the hunt for skimmers to protect the state’s consumers from fraud.”

Law enforcement agencies state wide, along with gas station owners continue to be on the lookout across Michigan for these skimmers, the release states.

“Some steps station owners can take, and have taken, to protect their patrons from cyber-criminals are changing locks, using tamper-proof security tape, and security cameras. MDARD is also encouraging station owners to increase their regular dispenser inspections,” added Clover Adams.