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WATCH: Hidden camera catches suspected credit card skimmer

Provided by Butler Co. auditor Provided by Butler Co. auditor
BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -

Officials in Butler County are going after suspects who install illegal credit card skimmers inside fuel pumps. 

Auditor Roger Reynolds says inspectors are now placing cameras inside some pumps and performing weekly checks at 100 gas stations in the county.

One of the cameras recently caught a man illegally accessing a pump in what appears to be an effort to retrieve a skimming device.

“The footage shows a man opening the access panel only slightly, looking directly at where the skimmer was placed on the inside of the panel, and then quickly closing the panel when it was evident the skimmer had already been removed,” Reynolds said.

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Officials are asking the public to help identify the man in the video. Anyone with information can contact Tom Kamphaus, Auditor Inspector (513) 785-6318 and Brian Rednour, Fairfield Police Dept. (513) 896-8285.

Skimming devices are typically installed in gas pumps and ATMs. The devices copy the card’s data and are difficult to detect.

Once the credit information is obtained, the thief can then sell the information or clone the credit card.

The auditor offers these tips for gas stations and consumers:

Never use a debit card when paying for gas at the pump. Thieves can steal PIN numbers.

Report any unusual activity or anything that looks out of place.

Monitor monthly bank and credit card statements for fraudulent charges.

Use cash or prepaid cards to pay for purchases whenever possible.

If you believe you have been a victim of a skimmer scam, notify local law enforcement and your credit card issuer immediately.

Activity at gas stations should be closely and securely monitored by station managers and attendants.

Gas pumps should be opened up and the internal mechanisms examined regularly by station staff.

The most effective way to stop these scams is to install better, more secure locks on every pump. Better locks will prohibit unauthorized access to a gas pump’s interior components.

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