TYLER – Arrests have been made in connection with gas skimmers that has turned up in Tyler and Smith County. At a news conference in Tyler today, it was announced five persons have been arrested in the Houston area in connection with the cases. And additional arrests are expected. The arrests follows an investigation that started in April of last year. It was conducted by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies. And it is not just a local problem. The large scale organized crime investigation has found victims all the way from Maryland to Utah.
It is a complex crime scheme which uses internal skimming devices that wires into existing hardware inside the gas pump. Police encourage you to follow these few tips to keep from becoming a fraud victim and assist police with identifying who is responsible for these acts of fraud.
1)Always check your credit or debit card statement for any fraudulent charges.
2)If you detect a fraudulent charge, contact your local law enforcement agency and notify your credit card company immediately.
3)Pay with cash or go inside to pay with a credit card. Use a gas pump closest to the view of a gas station employee.
4)Look for a seal decal around the casing of the pump door to see if it has been tampered with or broken.
5)Report any suspicious activity if you should observe a person with a gas pump door open that is not an employee. If you see something suspicious, look for a license plate, record it and contact police. Take a photo if possible.