Chief of Police
2 Mudge Way
Bedford, MA 01730
For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2016
Contact: John Guilfoil
Email: [email protected]
Bedford Police Investigating Skimming Device Found at Shell Gas Station
BEDFORD — Chief Robert Bongiorno reports that the Bedford Police Department is investigating a skimming incident at a gas station last week.
On Thursday, Feb. 18, at approximately 2:30 p.m., an officer was dispatched to the Shell gas station, 358 The Great Road, on a report of a skimming device located on one of the pumps.
At the scene, the officer met with a Compliance Officer for the Massachusetts Division of Standards, who pointed out what appeared to be a credit card reader attached to pump number three.
Currently, no residents have reported compromised credit card information. The Bedford Police Department continues to investigate the matter with the assistance of the United States Secret Service.
“Unfortunately, skimming devices are becoming more prevalent, especially at gas stations, ATMs and other public credit card machines,” Chief Bongiorno said. “We remind the public to be vigilant while at the pumps, and if anything looks suspicious, to immediately notify an employee and call police.”
To avoid skimming, follow several precautions outlined by the Massachusetts Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation:
- Use pumps closest to the attendants and be aware of lighting conditions. The darkest, furthest pump is a thief’s ideal target.
- Pay inside and use cash when possible. Credit and debit cards account for more than half of all U.S. gasoline purchases, making it all too easy for thieves to acquire your information. If you must use plastic, opt for a credit card or use the option that allows you to process your debit card purchase as a credit card transaction. Avoid using your PIN whenever possible.
- Check the condition of the pumps and pay attention to details. Sometimes there are slight abnormalities that you may detect.
- Look around. Some thieves use blue tooth technology which requires them to be within a certain distance of the pump. If a person or car seems to be lingering for too long notify an attendant.
If you believe you have been a victim of skimming, immediately contact your bank or credit card company. If you locate a skimming device, call the Bedford Police Department at 781-275-1212.