Credit card skimmers discovered inside local gasoline pumps

By JOHN A. WINTERS john@newnan.com Two electronic skimmers, which can read customers' credit card information, have been discovered at a Newnan area gas station. Another skimmer was discovered in LaGrange, and authorities are cautioning people to check their credit card and bank statements for any unusual activity.
Two skimmers were found by a service technician working on gasoline pumps at the RaceTrac station, located at the intersection of Bullsboro Drive and Amlajack Boulevard, about 4 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Maj. Jimmy Yarbrough with the Coweta County Sheriff's Office. The skimmers were located inside the pumps. "You would not see it as a consumer," the major said. "They were located inside the pump printer door." Authorities are continuing to check for fingerprints and analyzing the devices. As of yet, it is not known how long they have been there. Because another device was found in LaGrange, officials think there might be others along the Interstate 85 corridor. Skimmers basically work by reading credit or debit card information. That information is stored and can be retrieved manually or electronically, depending on the device. Thieves can then use that account information and make charges. One of the devices had the number "7" on it, but Yarbrough said they don't know if that means it's one of seven or one of 50. "People need to check their credit card statements and bank charges," the major said. Anyone seeing unusual activity should report it to the credit card company or bank involved, as well as contact the sheriff's office at 770-253-1502.

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