MEDINA — Medina County Auditor Michael E. Kovack has begun random inspections of the approximately 2,000 gas pumps in the county in response to reports that devices used to steal debit and credit card information was discovered in some Dayton-area services stations.
Kovack said the action is a precaution and there have been no reports of the devices being found in Medina County.
Four of the devices — called “skimmers” — were discovered earlier this month installed inside gas pumps at two service stations in the Dayton suburbs of Englewood and Moraine.
Skimmers are connected to the pumps’ credit card readers and intercept PIN numbers and other information keyed in by customers.
The devices were discovered in a routine inspection by the Montgomery County auditor.
In Ohio, county auditors are responsible for inspecting scales, gas pumps and other measuring devices to ensure their accuracy.
Kovack suggested residents regularly should check their credit card statements and when given the option to use debit or credit at the pump to choose credit card, which doesn’t require a PIN number, or pay with cash.
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