BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - For the third time in less than two weeks, a credit card skimmer has been found inside a gas pump at a Butler County gas station.
An inspector with the Butler County Auditor's Office discovered a skimmer at the BP gas station at Union Center and Allen Road in West Chester Township Tuesday afternoon.
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.
This is the seventh skimmer that's been found in the county at six separate stations since November 2015, according to the auditor's office. Four of the stations have been located in West Chester Township.
Due to the high number of incidents, Butler County Auditor Roger Reynolds added three extra inspectors on Monday in an effort to spot check more stations and more fuel pumps.
"We're sending a message to these crooks that we're serious about disrupting their criminal activity in Butler County," said Reynolds.
All the devices found so far in the county have been located inside fuel pumps.
There have been recent finds in Hamilton County and northern Kentucky stores where skimmers were placed behind false fronts at self-checkout lanes to steal card data.
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.