Credit card skimmer found on Prescott Valley Circle K gas pump
Prescott Valley PD warns residents to watch out for other gas pump skimmers in area
The Prescott Valley Police Department recently found a credit-debit card skimmer that was placed in a gas pump at the Circle K located on 6150 N. Hwy 69 in Prescott Valley, the department said in a release Wednesday afternoon.
The skimmer has been removed and the Circle K location can be used without any concerns. Although it is a rare occurrence for the Town of Prescott Valley, this recent case has given enough justification for residents to take note, the release stated.
“The skimmer gangs will gain access to the inside of the fuel pumps... Once inside the pumps, the thieves hook up their skimmer to the gas pump’s card reader and PIN pad. The devices also are connected to the pump’s electric power — so they don’t need batteries and can operate indefinitely,” Krebson Security said in a joint statement with PVPD. “Most internal, modern pump skimmers are built to record the card data on a storage device that can transmit the data wirelessly via Bluetooth technology.”
Prescott Valley PD said there are certain precautions consumers can take when they purchase gas:
-Paying cash, or credit card for gas inside the store.
-When possible, use newer pumps and stations as older pumps are more susceptible to skimmers.
-Be aware of card transactions and check bank statements.
-Don’t recognize a transaction? Call your bank as soon as possible and report the charges to the fraud department.
-Once fraud is reported to bank, report unauthorized activity to Prescott Valley PD or a local police department.
If anyone has information regarding credit card skimmers seen at a local gas station, Prescott Valley PD can be contacted at 928-772-9267 for non-emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 800-932-3232.