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Secret Service warns of gas pump skimmers

The Secret Service is warning consumers that gas pumps have become prime targets for criminals stealing information.

Posted: Jul. 6, 2018 1:12 PM
Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 10:32 PM

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) - The Secret Service is warning consumers that gas pumps have become prime targets for criminals stealing information.

Last weekend, agents found 59 skimmers at 85 locations in 21 states.

Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre tells WTVA it's been a while since they've dealt with card skimmers. However, Aguirre says summer travel may be the reason for this new warning.

"Because these criminals try and take advantage of the heavy traffic over the holidays," said Aguirre.

"Now that I'm aware of it I'll probably look around when I'm inserting my card at the pump," added Dennis Nolan, who always pays at the pump.

Chief Aguirre says most of your big stores are diligent about inspecting their machines daily.

He suggests checking for a broken seal, and to look and see if there's something suspicious.

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