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"Skimmer Sweep" On Labor Day Weekend Yields Results At Gas Pumps

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County auditors from around the state who were looking for illegal credit card machine skimmers over the Labor Day holiday say the effort was a success.

Auditors from around Ohio checked out 1400 gas stations - a total of 12,000 gas pumps - throughout the Labor Day weekend, looking for illegal devices attached to the pumps that steal the credit card information from customers. Five of those skimmers were found during that sweep. Four of them were in Northwest Ohio at gas stations far from major roads. A total of 35 skimming devices has been found statewide since last October. The auditors say their goal was not just to find and remove skimmers but to make customers and gas station employees aware of the devices, which can also have Bluetooth technology that allows thieves to steal information from up to 100 yards away.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.