The Elk River Police Department is partnering with local businesses to safeguard your credit account information when you use a credit card at the gas pump. SkimStop is a program created by the Eagan Police Department, and law enforcement agencies across the state are joining the initiative. Participating gas stations agree to an initial inspection of their gas pumps to verify that no “skimming” devices are present. Businesses then agree to check all gas pumps daily in addition to placing a security seal on the credit card terminals and access points. Participating law enforcement agencies also conduct periodic inspections of the gas station logs to ensure businesses are compliant with the program requirements. It is recommended that consumers routinely monitor their credit and debit cards for unauthorized activity because unfortunately, criminals are always looking for new ways to steal your account information.
What is Skimming?
A "skimmer" is a small device that is attached to a credit card terminal which captures your credit card data. In almost all cases you have no way of knowing the device is there. These skimming devices are capable of recording a thousand transactions. Once the thieves have your information they can quickly create a cloned card or use your information online for fradulent purchases. They can make off with hundreds of thousands of dollars with very little risk.
Participating Elk River Gas Stations:
Look for the yellow SkimStop stickers at the following Elk River gas stations to confirm they're partnering with ERPD to stop skimming. Also, if you discover a broken SkimStop sticker, or a pump that appears to have been tampered with in any way, alert an attendant right away.