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Havasu Police: Six credit card skimmers found

November 20, 2018

The Lake Havasu City Police Department says officers have taken multiple reports of credit cards that have been compromised. Six credit card skimmers have been located and seized from four separate gas stations in Lake Havasu City.

Police said skimmers have been found at a station in the 1700 block of Kiowa Boulevard North, a station in the 1000 block of Acoma Boulevard South and also in the 2000 block of Palo Verde Boulevard North. It also appears that two additional skimmers may have been recently removed by the suspects from gas pumps at a station in the 200 block of Swanson Avenue, according to police.

Additional skimmers were found recently in Needles and Kingman. The skimmers had been attached inside of the gas pumps and not immediately visible to station staff or the consumer.

Police said it is unknown how many people may have had their credit cards compromised or who may be responsible for installing the illegal skimmers. Dozens of reports have been taken so far. The Lake Havasu City Police Department began notifying local gas stations after the skimmers started to be discovered earlier this week.

Credit Card skimming is the act of attaching an illegal device that copies and stores consumer credit card information to retail devices such as ATM’s, fuel dispensers, and point of sale systems, according to the Weights and Measures Service Division. The copied information can be retrieved wirelessly and almost immediately by the criminal and used to perform fraudulent transactions using the stolen credit card information.

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