'Skimming' scam stealing information at the pump - WNEM TV 5

'Skimming' scam stealing information at the pump

Posted: Updated:
Gas pump generic Gas pump generic
SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

From the outside, the slot where you put in your credit card may look perfectly normal, but on the inside, a device may be stealing your information.

When Shirley Rocket-Booker needs to fill up, she, like most, gases up with her bank card. So far she's never been skimmed at the pump.

"I've been lucky," Rocket-Booker said.

But now state regulators want to make sure you don't fall victim to a scam that is sweeping the country. It's called skimming.

"We found a number of credit card skimming devices, we found about nine," said Jennifer Holton.

Holton is with the Department of Agriculture. The agency is leading a statewide crackdown, looking for skimmers.

About 6,000 pumps over two weeks were inspected and nine illegal devices were found. Holton said on the outside, you may not notice any out of ordinary, but she insists there are still ways to protect yourself.

"It's really about following a few common sense rules," Holton said.

Holton said regularly monitor your bank accounts. And try to avoid using pumps out that are out sight from attendants.

A credit card skimmer that records your credit card information as you swipe it. It even records the pin numbers and zip codes you enter on the keypad.

Inspectors believe the scammers have access to a universal key that opens all gas pumps, similar to how a mailperson uses a universal key to open a mailbox to a building.

Rocket-Booker said she'll be paying a little more attention next time she's filling up at the pump, to avoid being scammed by skimmers.

"It does make you cautious... you want your money where it needs to be when it's there," Rocket-Booker said.

If you notice something wrong with the swiper, for instance if it's loose or looks like it's been tampered with then do not use the pump.

Report it.

Copyright 2015 WNEM (Meredith Corporation). All rights reserved.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Report: 5 people injured in nightclub shooting

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:19 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:19:44 GMT
    WNEMWNEM
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
     Police are investigating a shooting that took place early Sunday morning at a nightclub in south Mississippi.    Five people sustained injuries that were not life-threatening.    WLOX quoted police as saying the shooting happened at Platinum Sports Bar & Lounge in Moss Point.    According to Moss Point Police Department, a fight started in the club, which spilled outside into the parking lot. Several people began shooting. Five people were ...More >
  • Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Woman charged in husband's hospital death dies

    Sunday, May 28 2017 4:12 PM EDT2017-05-28 20:12:22 GMT
    nonenone
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
    A woman charged with killing her husband as he lay in a Florida hospital bed last year has died.    Jan Sochalski faced a murder charge for allegedly suffocating her husband last May after he suffered life-threatening complications following back surgery. Sixty-four-year-old Henry Sochalski was a retired Trenton, New Jersey, police officer.    The couple lived in Florida.    The Flagler County Sheriff's Office told The Daytona Beach News-Journal (http://b...More >
  • Missing Midland man found in southern Michigan

    Missing Midland man found in southern Michigan

    Sunday, May 28 2017 8:20 PM EDT2017-05-29 00:20:28 GMT
    William “Bill” Brown (Source: Family)William “Bill” Brown (Source: Family)

    Family friends now tell TV5 Bill was found in Rochester Hills Sunday evening. 

    More >

    Family friends now tell TV5 Bill was found in Rochester Hills Sunday evening. 

    More >
Powered by Frankly
WNEM
Powered by WorldNow CNN
All content © 2017, WNEM; Saginaw, MI. (A Meredith Corporation Station) . All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.