Ohio authorities warn of gas pump credit card skimmers


HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities in southwest Ohio are warning motorists about gas pump credit card skimmers expected to be in expanded use this summer.

A skimmer is a device placed inside the credit card reader that captures credit and debit card information as the card is being swiped for payment.

Montgomery County Auditor Karl Keith tells the Hamilton-Middletown Journal-News (http://bit.ly/20c8uRK ) that stations along the Interstate 75 corridor have been hit hard. Two more cases were reported this week in Butler County.

It’s been estimated that as many as 70 percent of consumers use a debit or credit card at the pump. Authorities say using cash is the best way to be protected.

Fueling stations have until October 2017 to update pumps with EMV technology, which accommodates cards with electronic chips.

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Information from: The JournalNews of Hamilton, http://www.journal-news.com/cgi-bin/liveique.acgi$sch=jnfront?jnfront

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