GLADWIN COUNTY, MI – A high-tech credit card skimmer was found at a Gladwin County gas station this week, the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development said on Wednesday.
The device cannot be seen outside the pump and is located inside where it can make a copy of the consumer’s card information, which scammers can use to make fraudulent transactions.
The device is operated via Bluetooth meaning the thief can access the information without removing the device from the pump.
The skimmer was found at Cimaron Convenience Stores, 796 East M-30 in Gladwin, during a routine inspection.
“Bottom line, this is theft. The criminals are stealing someone’s personal information for fraudulent use. These inspections are just another way MDARD is protecting Michigan consumers at the pump,” said Gary McDowell, MDARD Director. “Kudos to our weights and measures staff for their vigilance in protecting consumers pocketbooks and personal identification.”
MDARD will be working with the FBI and local law enforcement to track down the thieves. The department will continue to look for skimmers during every routine pump inspection.
“The station owner had security measures in place to protect their patrons such as security tape,” added Craig VanBuren, MDARD’s Lab Division Director. “Unfortunately, the thieves sliced through it, likely with some type of thin razor blade making it very difficult to see the cut.”
If you believe your information may have been compromised, contact your banking institution immediately.