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Number of Skimmers Found this Month Surpasses 2015 Total

id theft 6Sedona AZ (August 12, 2016) – Coming to gas pumps near you soon?

Criminals are upping the stakes when it comes to stealing your credit and debit card information at gas pumps. The state has found more skimmers so far this month than it found in all of last year.

Between August 1 and August 12, 2016, there were twelve skimmers found while last year’s total was eleven. Not only are more skimmers turning up, the criminals are making it more difficult to find the devices inside the pumps.

“We are finding the skimmers attached to the circuit boards which are harder for technicians and criminals to reach,” said Mark Killian, director of the Department of Agriculture. “These are brazen criminals working in fairly public places that are usually well lit. We need to put them out of business in Arizona.”

     date cross streets city # found
1/05/2016 67th Ave. and West Beardsley Glendale 1
1/25/2016 East Andy Divine and Byrd Ave. Kingman 1
1/25/2016 West Beale and Lampton Kingman 1
1/25/2016 Rt 66 and I 40 Kingman 1
1/29/2016 West Bell and Ave. of the Arts Surprise 1
2/01/2016 E. Mckellips and Scottsdale Rd. Tempe 2
2/05/2016 Thomas and Scottsdale Rd. Tempe 1
2/05/2016 Mckellips and Hayden Scottsdale 1
3/08/2016 West Beal and Alma Ave. Kingman 2
4/07/2016 Chaparral and North Granite Reef Scottsdale 1
5/06/2016 Sunshine Blvd. and W. MilliganRd. Eloy 1
5/09/2016 Chandler Blvd. and 48th St. Phoenix 1
5/12/2016 W. Ina Rd. and I-10 Tucson 8
5/25/2016 I 17 and Bethany Home Road Phoenix 1
5/25/2016 26th St. and Araby Rd. Yuma 1
6/07/2016 26th St. and Araby Rd. Yuma 1
6/08/2016 Osborn and N. Scottsdale Rd. Scottsdale 1
6/29/2016 Gila Ridge Rd. and S Avenue 3 E. Yuma 1
7/13/2016 N US Hwy. 93 Kingman 1
8/01/2016 27th Ave. and Glendale Ave. Phoenix 4
8/02/2016 35th Ave. and Glendale Ave. Phoenix 2
8/02/2016 51st Ave. and Glendale Ave. Glendale 1
8/05/2016 Warner Rd. and N Illinois st. Tempe 1
8/11/2016 S. Rural Rd. and E. Colgate Dr. Tempe 2
8/12/2016 26th St. and Araby Rd. Yuma 1
8/12/2016 W. Guadalupe Rd. and S. Kyrene Rd. Tempe 1


So far in August, the Department has reports of skimmers in Tempe, Glendale, Phoenix and Yuma and is working vigilantly to investigate each claim. Since January 1, 2016, forty skimmers have been found around the state. In response to the increasing number of crimes, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed a law this year to increase the penalty when criminals use skimmers for financial gain (Class 6 Felony to Class 5 Felony).

Skimmers are devices that criminals install to steal your customers’ debit and credit card information to make fraudulent cards. History shows that many times criminals will install skimmers at several fueling stations within a few miles of each other. The Department notifies nearby stations of the discoveries, and often sends inspectors out to check pumps.

“The best thing consumers can do is to talk to the gas station about what security it uses for the pumps,” said Michelle Wilson, Association Director for the Division of Weights and Measures. “People can always pay with cash to protect their credit and debit accounts. If you’re ever concerned about someone stealing your account information, contact your bank or the company that issued your credit card.”

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  1. JRN says:

    @All Readers at The Eye:

    OneAZ Credit Union first warned me about this risk to my bank account.

    see this link to learn more about gas-pump skimmers:


    Here’s how I dealt with it. I opened up an additional debit card only account. I only keep $100 in it. I usually buy nearly that amount of gas. I WAIT a couple of days to replenish the account and I do it online. I don’t use that account’s debit card for anything other than gasoline purchases. This way, if the crook with the skimmer reads my account number, the gasoline I just bought will have wiped out almost all my account balance before the crook’s debit can be processed and there won’t be much money in it. Notice in the article that it mentions that sometimes these crooks are actually employees of your gas station.


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    @Sue Beck,

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  4. J. Rick Normand says:

    @Sue Beck,

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