The Midland Police Department is investigating three new skimming devices that were located at local convenience stores.
On Wednesday, Feb. 17, MPD was notified of skimming devices found on fuel pumps at Stripes Convenience Stores located at 4317 Andrews Hwy., 4400 Briarwood Ave., and 2106 W Front St. A skimming device is a debit and credit card reader that illegally obtains the card holder’s information such as their name, the card number and their personal identification number. The suspects gained access inside the pump and attached the device to gather customers’ card information during a transaction. An examination of the skimming device determined the stolen card information could be sent to the suspect’s computer or other electronic device via bluetooth. It is believed the skimming device was placed on the pump sometime within the last two weeks.
Any individuals who used debit or credit cards to purchase fuel at these locations in the last two weeks should monitor their accounts for any fraudulent transactions. Citizens are encouraged to check the card entry locations on fuel pumps and ATMs before inserting a card. MPD also suggests for customers to run debit cards as credit to avoid compromising the personal identification number.
Citizens who believe their accounts have unauthorized transactions can contact MPD at 432-685-7108 to file a report. There are no suspects at this time and the investigation is ongoing.###
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