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5 new credit card skimmers found in Michigan

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MICHIGAN, (WNEM) -

Michigan consumers should be concerned about credit card skimmers, according to the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

“In the last few weeks – primarily on a Friday – we’ve found five new credit card skimmers. Consumers should be extra cautious as we gear up for the summer tourism season,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director. “Looking for, and removing, skimmers at the 4,691 gas stations located across Michigan is now part of the standard inspection process. We are committed to doing our part to protect consumers from fraud.” 

A skimmer copies the credit card information for criminals to make fraudulent purchases.

They are installed on gas pumps and cannot be seen from the outside.

“Some steps station owners can take, and have taken, to protect their patrons from cyber-criminals are changing locks, using tamper-proof security tape, and security cameras. MDARD is also encouraging station owners to increase the frequency of their regular dispenser inspections,” Clover Adams said.

If you see a change in your account you should immediately contact your bank.

"If something looks out of place, don't use it," said Tom Sesko, driver.

He checks the pump for credit card skimmers before he fills up his tank.

"It's concerning because if you're not looking close enough, you're going to get robbed," Sesko said.

Jaime Tonchen works at Conlee's gas station in Birch Run. She said they have stickers to keep people safe.

If the seal is broken that means someone unauthorized was inside the machine and you should notify the station.

She said they check the stickers every couple days and haven't had issues with skimmers there.

Even with the warning, Mark Griffin with the Michigan Petroleum Association said skimmers are scamming people less and less.

"Retailers are being more vigilante. They're looking inside their dispensers on a more frequent basis, replacing the locks, doing other things to try and armor up their dispensers," Griffin said.

He said the best thing to do is to inspect the machine first before putting your card in.

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