Statewide search for gas station skimmers finds 1 in West Michigan

Posted at 8:14 PM, Mar 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-22 11:24:03-04

CEDAR SPRINGS, Mich. — Three credit card skimmers were found in different Michigan gas stations Saturday during a coordinated search conducted by state and federal law enforcement agencies. One of those skimmers was found here in West Michigan.

According to a release from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD), over 3,000 gas pumps were checked. One skimmer was found at the Citgo station on 4010 17 Mile Road NE in Cedar Springs. The other two were located in Howell. All three devices were turned over to the FBI.

“These blitzes make it clear to these cyber-criminals we’re actively looking for skimming devices – not just during the traditional work week – but on weekends too,” said Jamie Clover Adams, MDARD Director. “Credit card skimmers will not be tolerated and Michigan’s Weights and Measures inspectors, gas station owners, and law enforcement will continue to be on the hunt for skimmers to protect the state’s consumers from fraud.”

Credit card skimmers make copies of consumer’s card information when they pay for gas. They’re installed inside the actual gas pump, which makes it difficult for customers to notice them.