Local law enforcement warns against credit card skimmers

Criminals don’t need to steal your credit card to steal your credit card information. They’re stealing it when you slide you card at the pump.

The Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner announced a crackdown on credit card skimmers across the state, and local police say it could be a matter of time until more skimmers reach our area.

It’s another stop for grandmother Connie Vincent and grandson Austin out running errands, and Vincent says she used her debit card at the pump because it’s faster.

“Most of the time I don’t want to go inside to pay," she says. 

McCracken County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrin Frommeyer says you need to take the time to look at where you swipe your card. He says they hear about credit card fraud on a weekly basis.

Frommeyer says part of the nature of a skimmer is that a scammer doesn’t keep it at one pump for long. “The longer they’re there, the higher chance they’re going to be discovered," he says.

And that’s why from Meyer says, with any credit card fraud, report it to law enforcement.

So what can you do to keep your information safe? Make sure all locks are secure and even look at the keypad. Scammers can put a film on it and steal your pin.

Vincent says she’s wary about scammers, and will keep an even closer eye at the gas pump.

Frommeyer says if you believe you’ve been skimmed, make to call police and your credit card company.

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