Credit and Debit Card Users Need to Monitor Their Accounts
Skimming Devices Found on Local Gas Pumps
The Grand Junction Police Department is asking people who have used debit or credit cards recently at area gas stations to closely monitor their accounts. Today we were alerted to “skimming” devices that were found inside three separate gas pumps, each at a different gas station. “Skimming” devices are used to obtain account information, including pin numbers, from credit and debit cards. The “skimming” devices could not be seen from the outside because they were wired inside the machines.
The GJPD learned of the devices after a maintenance worker at a gas station in Fruita found a device in one of the machines. Two others were found in Grand Junction after other machines were checked. Officers are going to each gas station in the City to notify them of what we’ve found and to have the station owners check their machines.
At this time we do not know how the devices got inside the machines or how long they have been there. If you have used a debit or credit card recently at a gas station in the Grand Valley you will need to closely monitor your account for any fraudulent charges. If you do not find any fraudulent activity in the coming weeks or months you do not need to do anything. If, however, you find someone has accessed your account please stop by the police department to complete a fraud packet and file a report.
If anyone has information about this crime they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text a tip to CRIMES (274637) with the word TIP729 in the message. The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous.