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Police find credit card skimmer at Savannah gas station

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Police are asking you to pay close attention when gassing up your vehicle because someone is trying to get your credit card information.

Last week, the U.S. Secret Service requested help from Savannah-Chatham Metro police to find a possible credit card skimmer device at a local gas station, according to a news release.

The skimming device was located inside a gas pump at the Citgo gas station in the 4400 block of Habersham Street.

Citgo gas station employees weren’t aware the device had been placed in the gas pump and cooperated in the recovery of the device, the release said.

Credit card skimmers can be placed on the exterior or interior of gas pumps, and some devices use Bluetooth to access the data immediately.

If you recently used your credit or debit card at these gas pumps, police recommend you check your card statements.

SCMPD Financial Crimes detectives offer these tips to avoid gas pump card skimmers:

-Inspect the security tape around the pump panel door for damage or void warnings. Also, check to see if the gas pump door is closed.

-Inspect the card reader by ensuring it does not look out of the ordinary.

-Pay inside rather than at the pump itself.

-Monitor your account statements for unusual or improper charges.