Beware of the credit card skimmer

Photo of skimmer used at Kamloops gas station.

Photo of skimmer used at Kamloops gas station.

NEWS/ POLICE — Kamloops RCMP today released photos of a credit card skimmer used at a local gas station and warned the public to beware.

The skimmers, which steel credit card information, are hard to detect and look like a normal part of the card reader.

The device shown in the photos was used at the Chevron Gas Station at 1795 East Trans-Canada Highway in Kamloops. Police said Chevron has put prevention measures in place at all Chevron gas stations in B.C.

Skimmers are used by organized crime throughout Canada to access credit card information. “Credit card users need to be cautious when using their credit cards and credit card readers. This particular device is just one type of skimmer used to access credit card information by the criminal element,” said Staff Sgt. Edward Preto.

Anyone who suspects his or credit card information has been stolen or has been used for unauthorized charges is advised to contact the card issuer immediately and to report it to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre on their website.



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1 Comment on Beware of the credit card skimmer

  1. Businesses should be educating their staff on this issue, and having staff check the pumps several times a day. Inside the stores, debit machines should never be left unattended, and if staff need to be away from the till, machines should be placed under the counter, out of sight.

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