• Another ‘skimmer’ scam detected

    On Feb. 21, 2013, a citizen reported to the Pacific Grove Police Department the theft and subsequent unlawful use of their credit card information. The investigation led back to the 76 gas station located on the 1100 block of Forest Avenue. Police immediately responded to the gas station and, with the cooperation of the gas station management, inspected all gas pumps for a “skimmer.”
    A “skimmer” is a device that is surreptitiously attached to a point-of-sale machine and collects encoded information from credit or debit cards. There are several versions of how the devices can be affixed to the machine, either internally or externally.
    PGPD recovered two “skimmers” affixed internally to gas pumps at the same location on Dec. 7, 2012. Gas station management is working to improve the security on the gas pumps.
    Between Feb. 21 and Feb. 25, 2013, PGPD took three additional reports of theft and subsequent unlawful use of credit card information. All cases led back to the same gas station.
    The Pacific Grove Police Department encourages public awareness regarding theft of credit card information and other personal identity information, including reviewing your credit card and bank statements on a regular basis for suspicious activity.
    If you have any information regarding this case, please contact the Pacific Grove Police Department at 831-648-3143.

    posted to Cedar Street Times on February 27, 2013

    Topics: Front PG News, Police Log

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