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Check your bank statement; skimmer found in Goochland gas pump

Posted at 10:51 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 18:18:27-04

GOOCHLAND COUNTY, Va. -- The Goochland Sheriff's Office is alerting drivers after a skimmer device was found in a county gas pump. Thieves use skimmers to steal credit card information from people who swipe their cards in the machine.

"Goochland County Sheriff’s Office wants everyone to be aware that anytime you use your credit card at a gas pump, car wash, vending machine, or ATM, check the machine for any evidence of tampering," the Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook. "Some signs of tampering are damage to access door or lock being pried open, security tape broken, or wires or cables being visible. If you see anything suspicious, notify the store manager immediately, and do not use the card reader."

The Sheriff's Office did not disclose the location of the gas station where the skimmer was found.

"We are working with Secret Service, who will be examining evidence recovered to identify potential victims or accounts compromised," a Goochland Sheriff's Office spokesperson said. "There have been others located in Central Virginia recently. Since skimmers can be installed and removed without detection, it is always a good idea to watch or check accounts for fraudulent charges and usage."

In October, four people were arrested in connection with a similar skimming scam.

An alert clerk at the Love's Truck Stop in Caroline County helped stop what deputies say could've been some serious credit card fraud and cigarette trafficking.

Deputies say evidence was found inside the suspects’ car.

"We found approximately 75 credit cards, a card skimming device, an Apple iPad, and a credit card embossing machine that actually puts the names and numbers on front of the card," said Caroline County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Travis Nutter.

All four suspects were help at Pamunkey Regional Jail with no bond.