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Sheriff on credit card skimmers found at New Kent gas station: 'Expect a large number of victims'

"It's going to a tough one to solve."
Posted at 5:28 PM, Sep 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-28 17:52:20-04

NEW KENT COUNTY, Va. -- Pumping fuel is a ritual so common most drivers don't give it a second thought while standing at the pump.

But the pumps at the Valero in Quinton on New Kent Highway are weighing heavy on the mind of New Kent County Sheriff Joe McLaughlin.

"We got a call when the pump technician was on site and found three skimmers on three different pumps at the Valero," said McLaughlin.

Technicians inspected the pumps after victims contacted the store.

"Some citizens had contacted the store and made them aware, their credit cars had been charged with unauthorized uses," said McLaughlin.

The Sheriff also says these credit card skimmers were different than ones he's seen in the past

"These were concealed, tough for even the pump technician to locate," said McLaughlin. "This was actually a mechanism inside the card reader. This one was Bluetooth, so they could be a distance away monitoring or recording, so it's going to a tough one to solve."

While investigators don't know the exact number of customers who may have had their information compromised, the sheriff says customers from at least two weeks ago should keep an eye on their bank accounts.

"That's a fairly active location, particularly on a weekend, being right there at the interstate. So, I would expect a large number of victims," said McLaughlin.

As for drivers, McLaughlin says when pumping fuel there is something to look out for before swiping your card.

"There's a tag or a ribbon that goes around the face and if that's cut, it should void the fact, don't use that pump" he warned.