Skimming Device Found in Gas Pump in Roanoke, Police Advise Safety Tips

Anyone who used a debit or credit card at a Roanoke gas station is recommended to check their card statements for suspicious or unauthorized charges

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A skimming device was recently found in a gas pump in the 1700 block of North US Highway 377, the Roanoke Police Department said Friday.

Police did not specify the exact gas station, but the closest gas station is the 7-11 located at 1731 North US Highway 377.

Anyone who used their debit or credit card at a gas pump at the location from June 11 to July 13 is recommended to check their card statements for any suspicious or unauthorized charges and contact police if any fraudulent activity is found.

Here are some safety tips from Roanoke police when using a gas pump or ATM:

  • Check for tampering around the ATM, gas pump, or credit card reader before using it. Be suspicious if you see anything loose, crooked, or damaged, or if you notice scratches or adhesive/tape residue.
  • Wiggle everything! A simple check is to grasp the card reader insert and pull. A skimmer will come off in your hand.
  • Push, twist, pull on the card reader and keyboard. ATMs that are intact will not have any loose, or jiggling parts. If parts “come off” or are loose, don’t use that particular ATM and report it to the merchant so it can be examined closer and repaired.
  • When entering your PIN, block the keypad with your other hand to prevent possible hidden cameras from recording your number.
  • If your card “sticks” or “catches” on the card reader, immediately cancel the transaction and contact your financial institution and local police department to report the issue.
  • Check your bank statements (frequently). If you notice fraudulent activity on your account(s), be sure to report that to your financial institution and to the police department in a timely manner.
  • Remember – if something about the ATM, gas pump, etc. doesn’t feel right – don’t use it. Report your suspicions to your local police department.
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