Versailles police are warning the public that two credit card skimmers were found this week on gas pumps at the Circle K station on Yellow Jacket Drive.
Skimmers are devices that copy account data from the magnetic stripe of a credit card or debit card, along with the PIN typed in for a transaction. Crooks can download that data and then make counterfeit cards to withdraw cash from accounts.
The skimming at the Circle K was discovered Tuesday because someone was working on the gas pumps and discovered them, Versailles police spokeswoman Sgt. Joy Farmer said. Police believe the skimmers were in place for 30 to 45 days. The skimmers were inside the pumps, Farmer said.
"They have to have a key or some way of opening the pump up, and then these skimmers are attached," Farmer said. "These were USB skimmers where they would come back later, take it off, and download" the data.
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That doesn't necessarily mean the skimmers were installed by store personnel, Farmer said. She said police had taken 12 reports on Thursday regarding the skimmers, and she said more were anticipated.
"I think people are checking on their accounts," Farmer said.
Skimming can be lucrative. Consumer Reports said two men indicted in a skimming operation at gas pumps in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Texas raked in $400,000 from April 2012 to January 2013.
If anyone has any suspicious charges on their accounts, they are asked to call Versailles police at (859) 873-3126.
"If you've been to that gas station, our advice to you is to check your account," Farmer said. "To prevent any future charges, I would go to your bank and get a new card."