Sacto 9-1-1
June 10, 2010
Cops from 3 Sacramento area departments looking for gas-pump scammers

By Cathy Locke

Three law enforcement agencies are looking for identity thieves after identical credit card skimming machines were discovered inside gasoline pumps in Placer County, Folsom and Sacramento.

device1.jpgThe devices (photo left) were placed in gas pumps and were used to retrieve credit card numbers from victims, according to a Placer County Sheriff's Department news release.

The scanning devices have been found in pumps farthest from the clerk's location and nearest to the street to avoid detection. Law enforcement officials recommend that customers to pay inside the store using their credit cards or cash to avoid this type of fraud.

Detectives suspect more scanning devices are in use. They note that they devices been located at a variety of gas stations, not at one particular company's pumps.

People who think their credit card information may have been stolen at a gas station are advised to file a report with their local law enforcement agency.

The Placer County Sheriff's Department, in conjunction with the Folsom Police Department and the Sacramento County High-tech Crimes Task Force are seeking suspects.

Call The Bee's Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.

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