During a routine inspection, weights and measures inspectors from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) found a high-tech credit card skimmer.
These credit card skimmers are not visible on the outside of the pump. They are located inside where the devices make a copy of the consumer’s card information.
“In the end, it’s theft. Criminals steal 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’ wallets and IDs. “
The skimmer was found at Cimaron convenience stores, 796 East M-30 in Gladwin. This high-tech device is controlled via Bluetooth which means the thief can access the information without removing the device from the pump.
“The owner of the station had security measures in place to protect his customers, such as security tape,” added Craig VanBuren, director of the laboratory division of MDARD. “Unfortunately, the thieves sliced it off, probably with some sort of thin razor blade, making it very difficult to see the cut.”
MDARD will work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement to track down thieves. Service will continue to check for protein skimmers during each routine pump inspection. .
If anyone believes their information may have been compromised, they are encouraged to contact their banking institution immediately.