More credit card skimmers found in Wisconsin

Internal card skimmer. Courtesy: Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection
Internal card skimmer. Courtesy: Wisconsin Dept. of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Wisconsin has been increasing patrols and checking pumps after credit card skimmers were found at gas stations.

Skimmers are devices thieves install on the pumps to capture your credit card information.

In September, consumer protection said skimmers had been found at more than a dozen gas stations, including some in our area.

The state’s Department of Consumer Protection says three more skimmers were found in the past week in Madison, Mequon, and Juda, a small town in Green County.

“These crooks are coming back to the same location where we found some of the other skimmers on the first surge, when we were really looking seriously for all of these,” says Frank Frassetto, Wisconsin Department of Consumer Protection. “The bottom line to the consumer: like any other scam, they’re cyclical. You need to remain vigilant and watch for things that seem unusual.”

Some advice:

  • Frassetto says skimmers found this past week were on the pumps farthest from the station. Consider choosing a pump closer to the station.
  • Check to make sure security tape on the pump isn’t broken.
  • Shake the card reader to make sure it isn’t loose.
  • Report anything suspicious.