The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade, and Consumer Protection released a list of gas stations around the state where skimming devices were found on gas pumps. The closest one to the La Crosse area was found in Camp Douglas.
Here is the full list of gas stations where skimmers were found on gas pumps.
Whitney Way Mobil, 699 South Whitney Way, Madison
Farzo LLC, 699 South Gammon Road, Madison
MS Mobil, 3019 East Washington Avenue, Madison
BP Amoco Food Shop, 318 South Park Street, Madison
Avenue Shell, 4821 East Washington Avenue, Madison
Milton Travel Center, 1262 Arthur Drive, Milton
J&R Express Mart, 650 Midland Road, Janesville
Newville Travel Plaza, 581 East Richardson Springs Road, Edgerton
Tri-Par Qwik Stop, 580 Orth Drive, Random Lake
Camp Douglas BP, 215 Highway 12/16, Camp Douglas
Dino Stop II, 1280 Wisconsin Dells Parkway, Lake Delton
7 Eleven, 7610 W. Rawson Avenue, Franklin
Open Pantry, 17235 Bluemound Road, Brookfield
BB Mobil Mart, 4320 West Prospect Avenue, Appleton
Jackson Street Mobil, 5171 Jackson Street, Oshkosh
Madison (WXOW) - The Wisconsin Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection's Weights and Measures Bureau is warning people about credit and debit card skimmers found at Wisconsin gas stations recently.
The agency says it found skimmers on gas dispensers throughout Wisconsin. The skimming devices are used to get someone's credit and debit card information. External skimmers are false card readers that fit over the actual card reader on the pump. Internal devices involve a communications cable with an in-line recording device that is run between the card reader and the main board, DATCP explains.
DATCP says while you're at the pump, you can protect yourself by lightly wiggling the card reader. External skimmers may feel loose and come off. Look to see if any security seals have been broken on the dispenser cabinet. If you see any signs of tampering, tool marks or loose card readers, tell the store manager and don't use that pump.
DATCP says it only takes seconds for a criminal to install a skimming device on a fuel dispenser. "A consumer may likely have no indication that they used an altered dispenser until they find a discrepancy on their bank statements," said Frank Frassetto, Division Administrator of Trade and Consumer Protection.
"The best defense against card skimmer theft is a strong offense, so we strongly encourage shoppers to pay close attention to their monthly statements and to regularly check their credit reports," said Frassetto. "Report any potential skimmer-related fraudulent activity to the financial institution and to the station where the transaction occurred."