Credit card skimmer removed from pump in Coldwater

Posted at 10:09 AM, Nov 18, 2015

COLDWATER, Mich. - Another credit card skimmer was found Wednesday morning in Coldwater, Michigan.

It was the 21st one found in Michigan since August.

The device, which captures users credit and debit card information while paying at a point of sale, was found at the Citgo Gas Station on East Chicago Road.  It was removed this morning by the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

Credit card skimmers are devices attached to gas pumps or ATMs that record bank card numbers when a card it used.  Thieves can then steal the credit card information from the user.

"After we find a skimming device, we'll take the devices back to our lab and the secret service will come pick them up and then they'll analyze and try to retain all the data that's inside the skimmer," said Justin Houghton from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.

>Two people with ties to the Miami Florida area were arrested earlier this month in Indiana for using credit card skimmers on gas pumps in Coldwater.  The FBI assisted in their arrest.

As for Wednesday's case, we're told it's too soon to say who's responsible.

"Things you can do to keep yourself safe, get fuel closer to the gas station, check for the red security seals, if you see any sort of tampering, go inside the station let them know or call us and we'll come out and do a quick investigation," Houghton said.