MIDWEST CITY - A warning before you fill up at the pump: another skimmer alert!
Just Monday, a card-reading device was found hidden on a pump at a Midwest City gas station.
It's a growing problem across the metro. Just last month, another skimmer was found at an Edmond station.
“It's just a long strip of like electrical-type cord, and it's flat,” said Josh Dean.
He’s talking about a skimmer, an illegal device designed to steal credit card information.
“I did see where the tape was lifted up a little bit,” Dean said.
Dean and his husband stopped at the Circle K on I- 40 and Sooner Road to get some gas. His husband paid for the gas and when he removed his card, he noticed something was off.
“He seen where it had the tape peeled off there, and so he called and went inside,” Dean said.
Shocked, the couple, believing it to be a skimming device, rushed inside to alert store employees.
“Luckily, the maintenance officer was there. She had him come out and open up the box, and that's whenever he discovered the device, and that's when they called the police, because they can't remove it until the police are there,” Dean said.
Dean said whoever placed the device in the pump somehow got inside the locked panel.
“It's a two-sided, almost like on the inside of a computer. It was plugged in one spot and plugged in another spot. I guess that's how you get all your information off of it,” he said.
It's information the couple didn't want ending up in the wrong hands.
“We went ahead and called the card company that we were using. We called them and explained what was going on, and we just went ahead and had that card cancelled and had a new card issued,” Dean said.
A store employee told officers they check the pumps every 24 hours. So far, police are checking for surveillance.
Before you fill up, check the card readers first. If they are loose, do not use that pump.