Credit Card Skimmer Found On Mt. Juliet Gas Pump

Posted at 6:32 PM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 21:06:11-04

There has been more pain at the pumps for drivers; however, this time it was not because of the high gas prices.

Crooks with credit card skimmers have police asking customers of one Mt. Juliet gas station to check their credit card statements.

The card skimmer was found inside pump number one at the Mt. Juliet Shell gas station by a maintenance worker after the card reader stopped working.

That's when management notified the police.

It only takes a matter of minutes for someone to break into a gas pump and place a card skimmer inside, and in seconds information could be stolen.

"It was [broken] like that for a week, but we had a sign that said pay inside. So the minute someone try to mess with it, the pump went down and we put that sign out so nobody could use it," said Yaneth Hargis, a Shell gas station employee.

Police sad even though the machine was no longer functioning, anyone that swiped their card could still be at risk.

"I don't like the idea of my account information given to somebody else that should not have it," said Terri Nicolson, a Shell gas station customer.

But there have been ways people can avoid having their credit card information stolen.

"You should look for anything that looks tampered with. Is anything loose, is the credit card reader loose, is the door to the pump open, is there something wrong with the keypad? These are all questions you should ask yourself before using the credit card reader at the gas pump," said Lieutenant Tyler Chandler, of the Mt. Juliet Police Department.

Mt. Juliet police said they do not have any reports of credit card information being stolen from this gas station, but they urged drivers to continue to monitor their credit card statements if they used the pump between May 27 and June 1.