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Plymouth Police use SkimStop to Prevent Credit Card Theft
The Plymouth Police Department has recently launched SkimStop, a program that helps prevent theft of credit card information at gasoline station pumps.
A partnership between law enforcement and local business, the program allows participating Plymouth gas stations to better protect their customers’ financial data – and offers residents the option to be judicious consumers.
A crime that’s not unique to Plymouth, skimming involves placing small devices at gas station pumps to capture data each time a credit card is swiped. After retrieving the names and card numbers from the pumps, perpetrators commonly sell the data or use re-encoder devices to create new fraudulent cards using the victims’ credit card numbers.
“With SkimStop, residents and businesspeople can feel confident that their credit card information is safe at participating Plymouth gas stations,” said Community Relations Officer Jim Long.
About the SkimStop Program
To participate in SkimStop, a gas station must have its pumps inspected for signs of tampering or existing skimmers and place tamper-proof tape over the panel or door that provides access to the credit card machine at each pump. The tape shows “void” if it has been tampered with.
Participating gas stations must complete inspections of each pump every 24 hours to ensure the tape has not been compromised and keep a daily log of the inspections. Plymouth police officers will audit the logs annually.
Participating gas stations also receive certificates to hang inside their store and 2-inch yellow SkimStop stickers to display at each pump.
A list and map of participating locations is available on the city’s website, plymouthmn.gov/skimstop.