Credit card skimmers found again at beach

Published 4:57 pm Monday, March 30, 2015


Recently, a number of businesses within Walton, Okaloosa, and Bay Counties have discovered skimming devices installed on gas pumps and automated teller machines (ATMs).

In Walton County, a credit card skimmer was found on a pump at a gas station in Inlet Beach. A skimmer is a device which is affixed to an ATM or gas pump which intercepts and retrieves credit card information. This information is then used to “clone” credit cards and is either sold or used by thieves to make fraudulent purchases without the owner’s knowledge.

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is offering the following tips to residents:

➢ Before pumping gas, check to ensure the gas pump dispenser cabinet is closed and does not appear to have been tampered with or altered.

➢ At gas stations, try to use a pump located closer to the store. Oftentimes, skimmers are installed on pumps located outside the view of the store employee.

➢ If possible, use a credit card in lieu of a debit card so that a PIN number is not utilized and available to thieves.

➢ When utilizing an ATM, visually inspect the machine before use for any evidence of tampering.

➢ Monitor bank accounts for suspicious activity. If you believe that your information has been compromised, contact your credit card company and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.

If a skimming device is located, please contact the Sheriff’s Office immediately at 850. 892.8111.