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Consumer Advisory: MDARD finds credit card skimmer device at Gladwin Co. Gas Station

Drivers, visitors urged to be vigilant with bank account monitoring

For immediate release: July 20, 2021
Media contact: Jennifer Holton, 517-284-5724
Program contact: Craig VanBuren, 800-292-3939

Gladwin Co., MI - During a routine inspection, weights and measures inspectors from the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) found a high-tech credit card skimmer. These credit card skimmers cannot be seen outside the pump. They are located inside where the devices make a copy of the consumer's card information.

"Bottom line, this is theft. The criminals are stealing someone's personal information for fraudulent use. These inspections are just another way MDARD is protecting Michigan consumers at the pump," said Gary McDowell, MDARD Director. "Kudos to our weights and measures staff for their vigilance in protecting consumers pocketbooks and personal identification."

The skimmer was found at Cimaron Convenience Stores, 796 East M-30 in Gladwin. This high-tech device is operated via Bluetooth meaning the thief can access the information without removing the device from the pump.

"The station owner had security measures in place to protect their patrons such as security tape," added Craig VanBuren, MDARD's Lab Division Director. "Unfortunately, the thieves sliced through it, likely with some type of thin razor blade making it very difficult to see the cut."

MDARD will be working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and local law enforcement to track down the thieves. The department will continue to look for skimmers during every routine pump inspection.

If you believe your information may have been compromised, please contact your banking institution immediately.

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Photo: Skimmer Device