HARTFORD TWP. (Ohio) – Police in Trumbull County recovered a credit card skimmer at a local convenience after a service technician discovered the device.
Police received a call about 11:14 a.m. Wednesday from a technician who was trying to figure out why a gas pump at the Country Convenience Store on Route 305 in Hartford Township wasn’t working.
Further investigation revealed that a skimmer or credit card reader was attached to the pump.
The technician took pictures of the device and turned the images over to police. The technician said the pump wasn’t working because it shuts down when it is tampered with.
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The store owner said he will go over surveillance video and notify police if any video is available.
Skimmers are used by thieves to steal credit card data. They’ve been discovered at gas pumps across Ohio.
To protect yourself, experts recommend never using a card with a pin — a credit card is better than debit — and using cash, if you can. Always check to see if the pump has been tampered with and look for the county auditor’s inspection sticker on the pump.