Marshall County Sheriff's Office investigates skimmers at gas pumps

MARSHALL COUNTY, Okla. (KXII) - "We received a call at the Sheriff's Office from a financial institution who said they've gotten four different reports of credit card fraud," Sheriff Cryer said. "The only details they could give us is that it is from a Valero station somewhere here in our county."

Sheriff Danny Cryer says they've spent the day trying to locate the skimmers.

"We're looking for any gas pumps that have obviously been tampered with, which gas stations use security seals and we are talking to the clerks to see if they've seen any suspicious activity," Cryer said.

Cryer says he's learned about two types of skimmers used one of which is placed in the inside of the machine.

"The second kind is an external mount where they just tape it over the original credit card machine," Cryer said. "When you swipe your card you're actually just swiping the skimmer."

Cryer says to look for scratches at the pump that may look like someone was trying to pry it open.

Cryer also advises drivers to check for security seals and make sure they haven't been torn or damaged before swiping your card.

With recent reports of skimmers found all over the area, drivers like Heather Caviness are being more cautious than ever.

"I don't run my card at the pumps I go inside and pay," Caviness said.

Caviness says one of her family members had their credit card information stolen in Texas by someone using a skimmer.

"They depend on that money and you're just ripping it out from them and then they're stuck trying to figure out how they're going to pay their bills and feed their families," Caviness said. "It's wrong."

Cryer says to check your accounts and report any fraudulent charges to your bank and law enforcement.

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