Police warn public of credit card skimmers rampant across Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Police are warning Hoosiers to be alert about how they use their credit cards as skimming devices are being found all across Indiana.

On Christmas Eve, Martinsville Police alerted residents after finding a skimming device at a pump at the Circle K gas station at the 860 N SR 39 Bypass. In a Facebook post, they said there could be more locations and advised customers to pay inside.

IMPD spokesman Lt. Richard Riddle told FOX59 credit card fraud is so rampant, they get reports about it every day. And when it involves credit card skimming devices at ATMS's or gas pumps, it can mean a multitude of victims.

"What it will allow an individual to do is make a replicate copy of a credit card by taking those credit card numbers and pertinent credit information and being able to make fake credit cards or other account information to allow people to commit forgeries or fraud in the areas."

There are ways to help police fight back.

Lt. Riddle asked people to stay alert when pumping gas and report anyone acting suspiciously, because thieves will come back to collect what they've stolen.

"They may be inserting the skimming device or they may be downloading that information," he said.

Consumers should also be watching their accounts closely for any fraudulent charges. The sooner you act, the sooner police can help.

"We will see it on the back end when (thieves) try to use those fraudulent credit cards at our retail outlets," said Riddle. "Probably the best protection is to keep notice or make notice of every transaction you make and make sure that  you are aware of everything on your bill."

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