FREMONT – Scams and skimmers are all too common around the holiday season, and the Fremont Police have removed one such “card scanning device” from a gas pump in Fremont.
Last week, the Fremont Police Department was notified of a “payment card scanning device,” also known as a credit card skimmer, attached to a gas pump located at the Quick Pik at 1156 W 23rd St. in Fremont. Fremont Police officers responded and removed the device. The incident is currently under investigation, and authorities are not sure how long the device was attached. If you have been a patron of this gas station and paid at the pump, consult your bank or credit card company immediately.
“We would like all citizens to be aware that there may be more of these devices at other locations,” said Chief Jeff Elliot. The Fremont Police department suggest all motorists follow the tips below to avoid being “skimmed” this season:
- If possible, pay inside of the establishment rather than at the pump.
- Try to use a pump that is close to the establishment.
- Use a credit card instead of a debit card.
- Check your bank account and credit card account online every day to look for illegal activity.
- Look at the pumps to see if any integrity tape or seal is broken or damaged. If so: DON’T USE THAT PUMP!
Remember, there is no foolproof way to avoid credit card skimmers but if you follow the above suggestions, you can minimize your risk of becoming a victim.
If you feel you have become the victim of a credit card skimmer contact your financial institution immediately, then contact the Fremont Police at 402-727-2677.