1/28/2016 2:13:29 PM
SAINT PAUL – Law enforcement and Weights & Measures inspectors across the country are receiving a growing number of reports about credit card skimmers at gas pumps. While there have only been isolated incidents found in the state, the Minnesota Department of Commerce warns consumers to be on the lookout for these devices that can be used to commit identity theft and fraud.
“Commerce, as the state’s consumer protection agency, is investigating and responding to this emerging threat,” said Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman. “It’s important for both consumers and gas station operators to be vigilant.”
Credit card skimmers are small electronic devices that can be attached to credit card readers or hidden inside gas pumps to collect and transmit a customer’s credit and debit card data to criminals, who sell or use the information to commit identity theft.
Gas station operators can help protect their customers from identity theft and fraud caused by skimmers by taking extra steps to secure their pumps and regularly inspecting them for any signs of tampering.
Consumers can also alert gas station operators of suspicious activity or signs of tampering at a pump. Commerce offers the following tips to Minnesotans to help guard against credit card skimmer fraud:
If you have questions or concerns about possible fraud or identity theft, contact the Commerce Department’s Consumer Services Center by email at email@example.com or by phone at 651-539-1600 or 800-657-3602 (Greater Minnesota).
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