McAllen police find credit card skimmers at 4 gas stations

McAllen police are warning the public of possible fraudulent charges on their debit and credit cards after card skimmers were discovered at four convenience store gas stations in the city.

Over the past three days, McAllen police have received multiple calls regarding debit/credit card skimmers, the McAllen Police Department said in a news release Wednesday.

Skimmers are devices that are affixed to a provider’s card readers to secretly swipe and record debit/credit card information when customers swipe their cards through the readers.

Police found these devices at four Stripes stores:

> Stripes located at 2900 W. Nolana Ave.

> Stripes located at 5700 S. 10th St.

> Stripes located at 4600 S. 23rd St.

> Stripes located at 621 E. Nolana Ave.

The department reminds residents to be vigilant and monitor their debit/credit card statements. Any unusual activity on these statements should be reported to the bank or company that issued the card.

“The sooner the consumer detects suspicious activity, the sooner losses can be minimized and the greater the chance of identifying those involved,” the department said. “We also encourage our business community to regularly inspect debit/credit card readers to guard against the installation of skimming devices.”

The investigation into the skimmers is ongoing.

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