For the third time in past week a credit card skimming device was found inside a gas pump in Ralston. Police Chief Ron Murtaugh says two were found at one gas station at last week at 82nd and Harrison Street. He says the Investigation Unit then put out a bulletin to other gas station owners suggesting they have their pumps checked. The owner of the Mega-Saver at 72nd and Harrison Street took that advice and a skimming device was found in one of his pumps.
Chief Murtaugh says there is no way for consumers to know if a skimming device was installed. He says, “They are manufactured in a way they blend in to other computer components in the gas pump. Unless you are looking for one of these devices, just a lay-person that would open up the front door and look inside where all these components are at you would never know it wasn’t supposed to be part of the pump.”
Chief Murtaugh says technology is making it easier for thieves to get the personal information of others. He says one the skimming device is installed the thieves are using Bluetooth technology to get the personal information of others. He says someone can pull into the parking lot and download the data and leave. They can return a few weeks later and get another round of personal information without having to go near the gas pump.