Credit Card Skimmer found at Dublin gas station

Authorities confirm a credit card skimmer was found at a Marathon gas station in Dublin (Courtesy: Franklin County Auditor’s Office)

A credit card skimmer was found on a gas pump in Dublin Tuesday, according to the Franklin County Auditor’s Office.

Authorities say the owner of the Marathon station on West Bridge Street found the device shortly after 10:00am Tuesday. Skimmers can be used to steal credit card information, allowing the account information to be used.

The owner reported it to the Auditor’s office, which is responsible for checking fuel pumps and other devices. They sent out inspectors immediately and confirmed it was a skimming device.

Franklin County Auditor Clarence Mingo’s office said the skimmer was placed inside the pump, even though seals placed on the pump didn’t look likey they’d been tampered with.

Authorities are still investigating.

Dublin Police is advising 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 Dublin Police

The Federal Trade Commission has these tips 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…

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