Card Skimmer Found At Gas Station In Port Hueneme

Thursday January 16, 2020

(Photo from Port Hueneme PD showing tampered device (top) non-tampered device (bottom)

     Port Hueneme police are warning that a card skimmer device used by thieves to gather information on your credit or debit cards was found at a gasoline station in that city late Thursday morning.

   It was reported around 11:19 AM at the USA Gasoline Station at 2651 N. Ventura Road.

   It was attached to the VeriFone keypad.

Anyone with additional information or witnessed this incident is encouraged to contact the Port Hueneme Police Departments Investigations Division at 805-986-6530.

Tips for detecting a skimming device:

  • Make sure the panel on the pump has not been tampered with.
  • If there's a seal on the panel, make sure it's intact. The seal will say “void” if it has been altered.  Check the exterior keypad panel for any glue or epoxy type material.
  • If a panel appears altered, immediately report information to the station manager and police.
  • Choose the credit option rather than debit to avoid entering a PIN number. If credit isn’t an option, conceal PIN numbers as they’re being entered. Scammers will often use cameras to record the numbers.

·      Regularly monitor credit card and bank accounts to detect any suspicious activity and/or transactions.