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Credit card skimmers hit local gas stations

Skimming devices found by Hamilton Co. investigators. (Provided by Auditor Dusty Rhodes) Skimming devices found by Hamilton Co. investigators. (Provided by Auditor Dusty Rhodes)
(Provided by Auditor Dusty Rhodes) (Provided by Auditor Dusty Rhodes)
(Provided by Auditor Dusty Rhodes) (Provided by Auditor Dusty Rhodes)
LOVELAND, OH (FOX19) -

Two gas stations in Loveland are the latest to be targeted with skimming devices.

Investigators found credit card skimmers at the Loveland Circle K and the Loveland Shell Monday, according to Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes.

Criminals place undetectable skimming devices inside card readers. They steal a cardholder’s data to produce fake debit cards or sell the information.

This is not the first crime of this type in the area.  In the past few months, skimming devices have been confiscated at gas stations near Union Centre Boulevard in Butler County.

In October, other skimming devices were found on ATM at truck stops along I-71 in Fayette County.

Skimming devices are difficult to detect. They’re small and typically blend in with the ATM or card reader.

-Make sure your ATM does not have anything hanging from it or appear to have been tampered with.

-Look for any off-color plastic near the top of the machine, Wesley Fenlon suggests.

-Make sure your card swipes into the ATM smoothly.

-If you spot any of these red flags, don’t use the card and contact your bank.

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