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Skimming device found at WaWa in Aberdeen

Posted at 12:08 PM, Apr 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-23 12:14:17-04

A skimming device was discovered at the Aberdeen WaWa store.

An employee of Spigler Petroleum Equipment who was working on the pump discovered the device.

Anyone who paid with a debit or credit card at the WaWa gas pumps prior to April 19 should check their bank statements and report any fraud to their bank and the police.

The WaWa is located at 231 N. Philadelphia Boulevard in Aberdeen.

Most skimming devices are now placed inside of gas pumps and ATM’s where they are out of sight. That means that thieves have to tinker with the pump or ATM to stash their device inside.

To help avoid becoming a victim, choose gas pumps that are closest to cashiers and within their sight. Avoid standalone ATM’s in corners of stores or out-of-the-way areas. Inspect and wiggle the card reader slot and surrounding areas for anything that looks mismatched, loose, or out of place.

Also make sure that no one is watching you enter your PIN, or filming you with a cell phone. Using a cell phone to check for a possible skimming device is another line of defense. Many skimming devices now have Bluetooth technology to transmit stolen card information electronically.

By enabling the Bluetooth on a cell phone you can check for unusual devices that are active in the adjacent area. Most skimming devices will be listed as a long set of numbers.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to please call the Aberdeen Police Department at 410-272-2121.