AMES HEIGHTS, WV (WVNS) — Fayette County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to the Ames Heights area on Thursday, March 9, 2018. They had received tips about two people from Florida who were possibly using credit card scanning devices, also known as “skimmers,” to steal bank account information.
The two persons, who have not been identified, had the scanning equipment, computers and blank cards needed to transfer the account information. Deputies said they do not know if they had a chance to use the skimmers yet.
Sheriff Mike Fridley is asking all gas stations, convenience stores with ATMs and retail stores to constantly check their machines that accept credit and debit cards to see if skimmers are installed. The devices look similar to the factory installed ones, but have differences.
They are commonly installed on gas pumps, ATMs and movie rental kiosks. Sheriff Fridley said it’s best to use common sense. If it looks suspicious, don’t use it. The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department is being assisted by the U.S. Secret Service to determine if the suspects were able to steal personal information from anyone.