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Skimming device at local gas station: What you need to know when filling up

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Police in Springfield have a warning for drivers who may have used pump number 3 at the BD Mart on East Street.

Criminals are getting a bit more tech savvy unlike in the past when you may have been able to reach into the card reader and feel a skimmer this one was put inside of the pump and used Bluetooth technology to try and steal information. 

So if you used pump number 3 at this gas station the BD Mart at 20 East Street in Springfield...police have this message for you: 

"..If anyone uses that gas station pump number three specifically in that week make sure to check your card," explains Ryan Walsh, Springfield Police Department. 

Monday July 2nd the city's Weights and Measures Department inspected pump number 3 and found nothing amiss but if you fueled up at that pump 
after 10 a.m. in the morning on the second until 11 a.m. on Monday July 9th when the device was removed, your information could be at risk. 

"They checked everything. There wasn't anything tampered with that pump so we know it happened in that time frame," says Walsh. 

As of this broadcast Western Mass News checked with the Springfield and Chicopee Police Departments as the station is located near the city line...Neither had victims come forward. 

That either means they didn't get your refit card info. the device was found before they could use it or they have it and may use it in the future," notes Walsh.

The Secret Service issued a warning to drivers this week after seeing a surge in skimmer crimes, across the nation they recovered 59 skimmers from 85 locations. 

So what should you do when filling up at the gas station? 

To reduce your risk, you can pay with cards inside the station, use credit instead of debit cards or thwart card theft all together by paying cash...And if you used that pump keep an eye on your account:

"Monitor your cards ... potentially call to see if they can put holds on suspicious purchases," advises Walsh. 

If you are a victim even if you don't live in Springfield the Springfield Police Department would like to hear from you so give a call to their Detective Bureau at 413-787-6355. 

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