Card skimmers found at Charlotte gas stations after sweep

- The State Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services says it found three skimming devices in NC and some were found in Mecklenburg counties.

They did a month long sweep of gas stations. Inspectors visited more than 900 stations and check more than 8,000 dispensers and found 3 skimming devices in Mecklenburg and Nash counties.

The NCDA&CS says thieves can install credit card skimmers at the pump. When a customer swipes their card to pay, the skimmer copies the account data from the magnetic stripe on the back of the card, along with the PIN if it is a debit card transaction.

“Our inspectors are at gas stations across the state inspecting gas pumps for accuracy in pricing and gallons sold, as well as fuel quality,” said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Card skimmers have received a lot of attention in recent months and we really wanted to see what we would find across state.”

If a skimming device is found, the inspector shuts down the pump, alerts the store manager and calls local law enforcement. “We are also planning sweeps in more counties across the state,” Benjamin added.

Consumers with a concern about a gas pump can call the Standards Division at 919-707-3225. This number is also listed on the pump inspection sticker.

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