Credit card fraud devices found at Paso Robles gas stations
October 4, 2011
The Paso Robles Police department is investigating a credit card fraud scheme after discovering devices designed to capture debit card and personal identification numbers at two area gas stations.
After officers found the first skimmer at the One Stop Market at 2331 Spring Street, officers began checking other Paso Robles gas stations and discovered a second device at Steve’s Gas at 1441 Spring Street, police said.
Skimmers are devices placed over the slot where one would insert a debit card at an ATM machine or self-serve gas station. The devises are designed to look like the real machine they are covering.
Police believe the devices were installed by an organized crime group looking to collect credit card and debit card information.
Police said that it doesn’t appear that consumer information was compromised because they removed the machines before they could be manually downloaded. Nevertheless, officers are asking customers who bought gas at the stations to monitor their accounts for strange activity.