HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A card skimmer has been found inside a pump at a fourth Butler County gas station.
The Butler County Auditor's Office reports that during routine testing of a gas pump at the Marathon station at 6100 Dixie Highway in Fairfield, a Weights & Measures inspector discovered the skimmer when he opened up the pump.
"We continue to look for skimmers each time one of our inspectors does a pump inspection, and thankfully we've found some before they could collect even more credit card information from consumers," said Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds.
Gas pump skimmers are attached by criminals at the pump, externally at the card readers.
When a customer swipes their credit or debit card, the skimmer reads and saves the card information.
Within the past few months skimmers have been found in at least seven Ohio counties and at least four Butler County gas stations have been targeted.
Last year, Skimmers were found at two West Chester Township stations near Union Centre Boulevard and others were found at a station on Germantown Road in Madison Township.
Officials advise to never use a debit card when paying for gas at the pump. Instead, they advise to use cash.
Users also should report any unusual activity or anything that looks out of place.