The Dublin Police Department is investigating a skimming incident reported at the Marathon gas station located at 215 West Bridge Street. A representative with the Franklin County Auditor’s told police he found the skimming device today, August 29, 2017. The device has since been removed, and Dublin Police Detectives are investigating.
Dublin Police advise anyone who has used a card at the Marathon station in the past week to check their statements for any suspicious activity. If you notice any charges for purchases you did not make, you should contact your credit card company. Additionally, if you think you are a victim of stolen credit card information, please contact the Dublin Police Department at 614.889.1112.
Here are some tips from the Federal Trade Commission to help you avoid a skimmer when you gas up:
- Make sure the gas pump panel is closed and doesn’t show signs of tampering.
- Take a good look at the card reader itself. Does it look different than other readers at the station?
- You can try to wiggle the card reader before you put in your card. If it moves, report it to the attendant. Then use a different pump.
- If you use a debit card at the pump, run it as a credit card instead of entering a PIN. That way, the PIN is safe and the money isn’t deducted immediately from your account. If that’s not an option, cover your hand when entering your PIN. Scammers sometimes use tiny pinhole cameras, situated above the keypad area, to record PIN entries.
- Monitor your credit card and bank accounts regularly to spot unauthorized charges.
- If you’re really concerned about skimmers, you can pay inside rather than at the pump. Another option is to use a gas pump near the front of the store. Thieves may target gas pumps that are harder for the attendant to see.
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